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Police Officers in Florida Make First Rescue Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

When the officers got a call that a puppy needed shelter from the impending storm, they found just the right place for her.


Officers in Fort Pierce, FL made their first hurricane rescue on Monday, just days before the largest storm of the season was predicted to hit the coast.

Officers Martin Ortiz and Michel Jean got a call from a local resident when they were on duty. A woman stated that she was unable to care for her new puppy, and she wasn't sure what to do. The puppy was only six weeks old - that's too young to be left in a shelter cage until the storm passes through.

When Officer Jean met the dog, a brindle pit mix, it was puppy love at first sight. Jean made a call to his family via FaceTime so they could "meet" the pup and after his son (pictured below) saw her, the decision was made. He would take the puppy home to live with him and his family.

After some brainstorming with his fellow officers, Jean decided on just the right name for the furry new addition to his family: Dory, short for Dorian.

Thanks to Officer Michel Jean for stepping up and providing a safe, loving home for the pup. We're sure these two will be riding out storms together for years to come!

If you're interested in fostering a rescue pup from the storm, you can reach out to your local animal rescue league for more information . You can also search via the Shelter Pet Project for available rescue animals near you.

Also, be sure to check out this previous Sparkt story for more adoption resources and learn about another awesome animal rescue team.

(Source: images @FortPiercePD )

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