The unpleasantness cops deal with is never something they become accustomed to; they’re human. If they didn’t feel something when taking in a horrible scene, there would be something wrong. Though they can’t show their reactions physically, they’re still affected by seeing the lowest and cruelest acts humanity can commit on itself and animals.
The Austin, Texas PD’s Animal cruelty division came across a crate that was left on the shoulder of a busy road. They’d received a call alerting them to the dead dog inside. As upsetting as this case would be, the responding officers still had a job to do.
The scene was at a busy intersection in downtown Austin. The cops knew they had to respond quickly. They didn’t want any innocent bystanders to see the horrific state of the scene. Heck, none of them wanted to approach the metal crate. They had no choice. Not even these seasoned professionals were prepared for what they found.
Inside was a young emaciated female puppy. Around the matted fur of her neck was a rhinestone collar, which told them perhaps she had once been well-loved and cared for. That wasn’t the case now. She lay still atop a bed of feces, urine, and rainwater. It was evident she’d been in this condition for some time. Such a tragic end to what could’ve been a wonderful life.
At first glance, things may appear worse than they truly are. sadly, Officer Eva Wagner was forced to peer down at the poor starved pup. She was a sorry, sad sight with her protruding bones and filthy fur. Then as if she were seeing things, Eva noticed the puppy’s tiny ribcage move up and down.
She was alive, but barely. Sophie, as she was later named, needed help fast! With her life in the balance, the officers rushed her to the Austin center for Emergency for immediate treatment. Veterinary technician, Elizabeth Mancera received the 9-pound baby girl.