Officer Responds to Dangerous Dog Call, Comes Home with New Best Friend

Being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the “vicious dog” over to me….


I’m a Police Officer in Baltimore City. I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, and I am a fan of your organization and Pit Bulls. Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids.

When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the “vicious dog” over to me. The dog came over with it’s tail between it’s legs and panting.

I grabbed my water bottle and the dog sat down next to me and began licking my pants. I started giving the dog water. I brought the dog over and waited for the pound to show up. My partner was not a fan of dogs and was startled by my approach. I suggested to him that this dog cannot be put down, and should be taken to a shelter. We took it upon ourselves to take the dog to the shelter, and transported it in the back seat in the back of our patrol car.

Then I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it. The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home. I know you like positive pictures so I have attached a few. Have a great day and keep up the good work!

Officer Dan Waskiewicz
Baltimore City Police

219 thoughts on “Officer Responds to Dangerous Dog Call, Comes Home with New Best Friend

  1. Thank goodness an officer with some sense responded. All too often they seem prone to shoot first then ask questions later.

  2. If ionly more people would realize how sweet pit bulls are – it’s only the unfortunate ones who are forced to fight and die giving them a bad name

  3. Such a great representative of the police force. I wish he could teach those who shoot first and get the information afterward.

  4. Awesome job! Wish there were more people like you Officer W.! I’m glad this dog has been saved & I’m sure he’ll have a great life!

  5. Finally, a cop that doesn’t shoot so-called-dangerous dogs first then explain!!! Thank you Officer Waskiewicz!

  6. WAY TO GO, Officer Dan!! With all the shootings of innocent dogs — by law enforcement officers — that I’ve been reading about these last several months, it’s wonderful to read a heart-warming story like this one!!

  7. Awww officer s brought tears to my eyes so good to see a police officer showing love for pittys instead of shooting them and killing..them no doubt he will be a great dad to this special dog with a special Dad <3

  8. so tired of people being bias. Dogs are better than people any day! I saw a Batlimore cop shoot a pit in the head a few years ago when the dog was just standing in front of its child owner, so this is good to hear!

  9. it so great that there are awasome things posted about pit bulls thay arent a bad dog just wish that the insurace agencies would get there head on straight to figure out if we need insurance for them now that thay arent consider a vicious dog anymore which is a good thing cause i know alot of pittys that rather lick you to death

  10. Way to go! Good job! So many people push the panic button when it is not necessary. I am glad justice was done in this case. I am sure you will be thanked with big sloppy kisses every single day for your generous actions. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish there were more cops like you out there.

  11. Once again love & trust shine through. Sounds as tho’ that poor dog was going through mental torture. Happiness & a long life to u both. xx

  12. It was dangerous probably because it was protecting itself from an awful owner who mistnew treated him. Good for the dog and the police officer….. Doggy knew police would give him a new chance at a good life as he deserves!

  13. I absolutely LOVE this and the picture. In our line of work there has been so many “bad” calls regarding animals, and many family pets have lost their lives because of the stereotype, it has become so common that departments should be training on how to handle an animal on scene. Thank you for doing the right thing, and thank you even more for providing this beautiful, sweet dog a life of love and happiness, one in sure he hasn’t known until now! The world needs more people and law enforcement officers like you! Be safe brother! Thoughts and prayers with you and your new family member ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. What a great officer.i wish everyone was this caring.what a great guy.instead of jumping to conclusions,he thought about this cute lil guy.awesome.

  15. Sometimes in order to get a resindicator have to indicate that the dog is vicious. I once had animal control called on my geriatric dogs who had gotten out and had been running all night. They both had arthritis and were barely able to walk when the shelter officer drove up. I’m so glad to hear this happy story. So many bad ones lately involving pits.

  16. This is the kind of heartwarming story I love to hear first thing in the morning! Kudos to you for giving a homeless dog his forever home! We need more officers like you in this country! Happy Day!!!

  17. Thank God for officers like Dan! There are too many negative stories floating around lately with dogs and police officers. Kudos to Officer Dan! You are a hero!

  18. Now that is a real cop who knows how to do his job. He needs a raise and to become officer of the year.

  19. Thank you, Officer Waskiewicz! This dog will love you forever! May you be blessed with many, many years of love and companionship with him!! Thank you for taking the approach you did, you hit it just right and found a forever friend!

  20. This is the kind of Police Officer that we all need in our town. I bet he access all situations with the same kind of compassion. Thank you for your job well done.

  21. See people just think Pits are all so mean and horrible. Our Pit looks mean when she smiles at you only because her teeth are showing. When she gets close enough to you all she wants is to be loved on just like this one.. Dogs are like children the way they turn out depends on how they are raised..

  22. There are some good people out there & there are few GREAT people out there and Officer Dan Waskiewicz ur one of the few, I hope the dog and your friendship lasts for a long time to come ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I’ve always said… its not the dog. It’s how the dog was TRAINED! Just because he’s a pitbull does not mean he’s vicious

  24. Thank you Officer Waskiewicz….thank you for taking the time to really look at this beautiful dog! He’s a lucky dog to have had you on that call that day!

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