When police aren’t out rescuing the members of their community or their law enforcement brothers and sisters, they’re ensuring our communities’ furry friends are making it home safe each day, too. From the common cat and dog rescues to the occasional deer and mountain lion, we say thanks, on behalf of all of life’s creatures!
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In February 2014, authorities raided cockfighting events and rescued more than 3,000 birds in a sting known as ‘Operation Angry Birds’ in Queens, New York. The bust resulted in nine felony arrests.
This photo provided by the ASPCA shows "Operation Angry Birds" (AP Image)
In March a Hudson, NY police officer recorded the moment he freed a frightened fawn from a tangled mess of Christmas lights. Officer Kevin Sweet lived up to his name when his calm demeanor was caught on camera as he tried relaxing the deer while setting it free.
Three LAPD officers went above and beyond for an injured pit bull when they rescued him from the street where his owners had left him for dead and adopted the dog themselves, saying, “We couldn't let him go. We couldn't just walk away.”
California Highway Patrol officers rescued a frightened Chihuahua trapped on the median on a busy highway in Contra Costa. "We attempted to coax it, we could tell it was very frightened, it was shaking - we were able to pet it a little bit, but other than that we could tell it was not happy," Officer Alex Edmon said.
(This photo provided by CHP)
Police on New York's Long Island spent over four hours rescuing a baby deer that fell into a 20-foot-deep manhole. Happy to be free again, the small creature scurried off into the woods.
(Suffolk County Police Department Image)
Officer Jennifer Bloom didn’t hesitate to transport a pregnant German Shepherd to the vet as soon as she came across the soon-to-be-mother, who had been tied up in a park in Newark, Calif. The dog gave birth to nine puppies!
Baltimore Officer Jon Boyer caught the attention of girls and cat-lovers everywhere when his reputation as the cat rescuer erupted on social media. He has reportedly adopted six cats and brought countless other abandoned animals to the shelter for adoption.
Culver City police transported a severely ill pit bull to the vet after a drunk driver removed the dog from his trunk and left it to die on the side of the road. The suspect was arrested and the pit bull was expected to recover.
Sgt. Brian Hildebrandt of the Evansville Police Department teamed up with citizens, a firefighter, plumber, and a city worker to rescue 9 baby ducks trapped in a sewer. The officer’s body camera caught the whole harrowing act.
After five long hours of trying to coax a scared mountain lion out from under a car in an apartment complex garage, Mountain View police peacefully tranquilized the large feline and released him back into the wild.