After tracking down a severely abused Pomeranian who had been left for dead in the woods, Officer Alison Metcalfe of the Ludlow, Massachusetts Police Department gets to welcome the recovering dog -- which she has named Jameson -- to her family. Metcalfe and her team were responding to a report that Jameson's former owner had hit the dog with a garden tool and dropped him in the woods, when they discovered blood on the side of the man's pickup truck. As Michael Whitney, one of the officers on the case, told ABC 40, the team thought Jameson had been beaten to death:
"We're flashing around and thought I saw movement but with flashlights and dark and everything like that (it was hard to see), and his head moved and one of us yelled he's still alive," canine officer Michael Whitney said.
After being rushed to a Springfield veterinarian at the Boston Road Animal Hospital, Jameson was transferred to a Weymouth neurologist for brain surgery. Growing medical bills have totaled over $10,000. It was the police officers who put their own credit cards up to pay for at least Jameson's down payment. A Facebook page was quickly launched and www.petchance.org began fundraising to help.
So far, members of the community have already more than matched Jameson's medical bills, exceeding the cost in donations. Within a week of the dog's surgery, Metcalfe had volunteered to adopt him, and she will be able to take Jameson home next week.
"For us to come to work and to save the dog first of all and then to have the whole animal-loving community band together to try to save one dog," Metcalfe said, "it's refreshing and it's heartwarming -- and we don't see that everyday."