Heroic Detective Pays for Hit-and-Run Service Dog’s Medical Care

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In Tacoma, Washington a local detective has helped the family of a service dog that was a victim of a hit-and-run driver.  Not only did the detective rush the dog to medical assistance, but has really gone all out in an effort to help Spice and her family.

Spice is the Cloud family’s service dog, put in charge of making sure Faith’s life is a little bit easier.  Faith is eight years old, and has cerebral palsy.

“That dog is just so special,” said Faith’s mom, Tonya Cloud.  “She loves my daughter.”

Spice is always there for Faith.  She makes sure the family is alerted to any trouble Faith may be having.

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Spice unfortunately now is suffering from a broken pelvis and other internal injuries, and is recovering at an emergency vet clinic.  She got loose from her leash, and was hit by a vehicle near the corner of 9th Street and Saint Helen’s in downtown Tacoma.

Detective Ryan Salmon of the Pierce County sheriff’s came upon the scene after seeing people begin to gather around the dog.

“They said they didn’t have a car so I offered to drive them down to the emergency vet clinic at 56th and Durango,” said Salmon.

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When they got Spice to the clinic, the dollars began to add up to much more than the Cloud family had.  X-rays alone were beyond what they could afford, and the situation was looking grim.

“If I wouldn’t have been able to afford any of it, I would have had to put her down,” Tonya said.

“I didn’t want the family to make the hard decision about whether or not to keep the dog, so I offered to cover the remainder of the bill,” Salmon said.

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Tonya was taken aback by the move.  Spice and her family would get the chance to be together again, and all thanks to a detective with a huge heart.

“Like, who does that?” said Tonya.  “A stranger wouldn’t have done that, let alone a cop.”

In order for a full recovery to be possible, and for Spice to be able to walk again, surgery is required.  The family has managed to get together $1,000, but still needs about $3,000 to complete the bill.  Any one that wants to help, can do so by clicking here.

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26 thoughts on “Heroic Detective Pays for Hit-and-Run Service Dog’s Medical Care”

    • cops are getting a lot of bad press from the media…….who will you call if you need help…. a street thug or a cop? i’ll call take my chances with a guy like this!!!!

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  1. What an amazing human being to do this for this family. I am so happy he was there to help this poor dog. My thoughts and prayers to Spice! I hope you make a full recovery!

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  2. “Spice is the Cloud family’s service dog, put in charge of making sure Faith’s life is a little bit easier.”

    Spice is a family pet, not a “service dog.” Sorry she was hit by a car.

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    • “Spice is always there for Faith. She makes sure the family is alerted to any trouble Faith may be having”
      –That is a service dog. Service dogs do more than guide the blind these days.

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  3. Apparently, too many people have no idea what today’s service animals (mainly dogs, but others are now there too) do for their humans. Some can sense seizures coming, some sense pre-anxiety attacks, some help their humans with things they are unable to do and more. Maybe if people actually read, watch tv and learned about how service animals are so important for some people they wouldn’t make comments showing how much they actually don’t know.

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    • Whoever “trained” that service dog’s family did a terrible job. Service dogs should be in an approved vest and on a leash and under control any time they are outside. The cost of training & certifying a service dog is quite expensive. The pain it suffered is unforgivable.

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