Officer Joseph Puglia shown his heroic qualities by risking his own life to save a dog who was in trouble. After getting lost on a busy freeway and being hit by a car, a small pup found himself in serious jeopardy. Fortunately, Officer Puglia observed what occurred and took swift action.
Despite the serious danger to life and limb, Puglia stopped his car and rushed out onto Interstate 272 in order to save the hurt pup.
At first, Puglia wasn’t sure if the pup had survived the impact, but then he drew a breath of relief when he saw that the pup was still breathing.
He wrapped the dog in an emergency blanket and then carried it back to his car.
Puglia called dispatch after the puppy was secure in the vehicle, and they in turn alerted Pinellas Animal Hospital that Puglia was in route there with a hurt dog.
Puglia and the pup were taken to the hospital, where the pup was given a complete medical checkup.
The vet then revealed the fantastic news that the little pup had not received any life-threatening injuries. He’d been left with some minor cuts and some soreness but was expected to make a full recovery.
The puppy was transported to the neighborhood animal shelter where he is currently waiting for his family to adopt him after receiving treatment for his minor wounds. He won’t have to stay in the shelter for very long even if his family cannot be found and no one steps forward to claim him. If the puppy’s birth family is never found, the family of Officer Puglia has indicated a desire to adopt him.
Puglia saved this little pup’s life, and we’re sure that Lucky is forever grateful to him.