He was tired, but didn’t hesitate to help a pup in need.
Officer Garibaldi worked an early morning shift one Saturday in May, 2016. As he drove his patrol car, he nearly ran into a small Pit/Boxer mix puppy. The 8 to 10 week old pup had no identification tags or collar and was just running around loose.
With no number to contact or address to return to, Officer Garibaldi took the search for the puppy’s family into his own hands. He traveled the neighborhood and posted pictures on social media sites the next day, hoping someone would recognize her. No luck.
Unable to locate any family members, he brought the pup to the LPD for food and warmth until the end of his shift. No way would he leave her to fend for herself.
On his own time off the clock, he brought the dog to the SPCA Florida Medical Center for care and inspection.
Having worked a long weekend, Officer Garibaldi still found the energy at the end of his shift to help man’s best friend.
It clearly was a selfless thing to do. He wasn’t thinking about getting home to sleep. He was thinking about what he could do to help this puppy survive. He actually woke up at one point just to see if she was OK, then he went back to sleep.
Thankfully, Officer Garibaldi’s efforts proved extremely valuable. The puppy ended up getting adopted later that day by a dispatcher. She now goes by Hope, an appropriate name.
Here’s to those unsung heroes like Officer Garibaldi who go out of their way for furry friends.
That’s my kind of protector! who practices freedom and justice for “all!” He is a whole and holy man indeed
Bless this kind hearted protector of the community. Lakeland is fortunate to have you.
H/T: The Dodo