A concerned passerby, Rose Gallardo, saw the dog running away from the officer and decided to try and help. "The officer was trying to catch him by feeding him, but the dog was too smart and kept running through the parking lot," Gallardo told The Dodo. She got out of her car, knelt down near the dog and held out her hand - and somehow got him to come over and let her pet him.
Everyone, even the animal control officer, was shocked that after trying all day to rescue the dog, Gallardo was able to do it in no time at all. "He was amazed at how the dog was so submissive to me when no one else could catch him," Gallardo said. "He was and is the sweetest, most precious baby."
It seems all the little dog really needed was someone to calmly let him know that they were on his side.
Now, the homeless Chihuahua is at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter, and even though he is safe from the dangers of that parking lot, his struggle is far from over.