A police officer in Pennsylvania is being hailed a hero for showing extra compassion for a dog that after being in a car accident had run so far the “skin on the pads of her feet was hanging.”
A photo of South Londonderry Patrolman Nick Ague posted Sunday on Facebook has been liked by more than 6,000 people and shared more than 1,300 times. It shows Ague carrying the 75-pound German shepherd named Mya after she literally could not walk any more.
According to the photo description, Mya was one of two dogs that ran from the vehicle after it crashed near Palmyra in Lebanon County.
While the other dog was caught, Mya kept running, making it all the way to the county line about two miles away.
“The dog was not moving because the skin on the pads of her feet was hanging, presumably because of the distance she ran,” Ague told ABC News. “She ran two miles from the crash on hot asphalt.
“When I realized that’s why she couldn’t walk,” he added, “the only thing I could think to do was pick her up.”
From there, Ague carried Mya 100 to 200 yards back to her owner’s car.
“It wasn’t the first time he’s done something like that to save an animal,” Ague’s wife, Dorthy, told WPMT-TV.
Ague too admits he’s an “animal lover.”
“It’s nice to see the positive response that people are giving. I don’t consider myself a hero…I was just doing what I would want someone to do for my dog,” Ague said, according to WPMT.
The report states that Ague wants to start a K-9 unit at the police department.
Watch WPMT’s report:
(H/T: Daily Mail)