Joe Puglia, an officer at Pinellas Park, Florida, was having a typical workday. He was on his way to work when he witnessed a horrible motor accident.

Joe Puglia, an officer at Pinellas Park, Florida, was having a typical workday. He was on his way to work when he witnessed a horrible motor accident.

On the busy Florida highway, he saw a tiny pooch hit by a car, landed on the pavement, and remained motionless.

The cop instinct kicked in, and he knew he had to help. He stopped the patrol car in traffic and approached the motionless dog, preparing for the worst. “He literally just slid and wasn’t moving,” said Puglia, who assumed that the dog was dead. “My heart sank,” he said.

Caring Florida Cop Stops in Traffic to Save a Pup Hit by Car
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But Joe saw that the pup wasn’t dead and he was hopeful that he would get well soon.

The kind police officer wrapped an emergency blanket around the tiny dog and took him to the nearest veterinarian for medical assistance. To his amazement, once examined, the dog had sustained minor bruises and cuts from the ordeal.

Puglia looked around for a microchip so as to contact his owner. But the pooch did not have any on him, and there were no reports of a missing dog. Therefore, he was taken to the local animal shelter.

Caring Florida Cop Stops in Traffic to Save a Pup Hit by Car
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A city employee, Shannon Coughlin, fell in love with the tiny pooch and adopted him. The first thing she did after the adoption was to name him; Rosco.

They bonded so well, and Rosco felt right at home. “You’d think he and I have been together forever,” said Coughlin, a weekend after the adoption.

Caring Florida Cop Stops in Traffic to Save a Pup Hit by Car
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Rosco is now healthy and living his best life in a loving home, thanks to the kind Florida police officer, Puglia. Appreciation also goes to the veterinarian team that attended to Rosco.

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