Compassionate police officer cares for dog while owner rushed to hospital

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Blondie was treated to a police “ride-along” after her owner was injured in an auto accident. Photo courtesy Tampa Police Department.

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When Tampa Police officer Erica Collum responded to a traffic accident involving a dog owner, the officer stepped up and cared for the dog while the driver was rushed to the ER by ambulance.

An animal lover herself, Officer Collum decided to take Blondie, a white German Shepherd who was not injured in the accident, on a “ride-along” in the back of her police cruiser until the injured owner could make arrangements for her care.

Tampa Police Department posted a photo of the sweet 2-year old dog riding in the cruiser for their Facebook page along with the caption, “Tampa Fire Rescue helped a motorist who needed to be transported to the hospital and they had their dog in the car with them. A animal loving officer has the dog on a “ride-a-long” until the owner can make arrangements for her. She’s being a very good girl.

A witness to the accident who helped keep Blondie safe until help arrived commented that Officer Collum was excellent with with the dog. “The officer that picked Blondie up at my place of employment where we were watching her was sooo good with her. Petting her and talking to her. Another animal lover like us!”

Hillsborough County Animal Control Services is now caring for Blondie until a family member from out of state arrives to give her a temporary home until her owner is recovered and well enough to bring her back home.

Isn’t it wonderful to see police willing to serve and protect, even for our four-legged citizens! Well done, Tampa P.D.!

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