LAKELAND, Fla. — Officer Kareem Garibaldi was working a 12-hour shift on Saturday morning when he stumbled upon a Pit Bull/Boxer mix puppy wandering the streets all by herself. The officer went over to the tiny pup and scooped her up, when he noticed that she wasn’t wearing a collar. Being unable to identify her owner, Garibaldi kept the pup with him at the Lakeland Police Department station and later took her home with him to figure out the next step.
The next day, the officer had to work yet another 12-hour shift and while he tried to find the dogs owner, he had no luck again. So the following morning, Garibaldi went to the SPCA Florida where they also were unable to identify the owner but spent some time assessing the pup and her health. Determined to ensure the pup was healthy and safe, the officer waited for a few hours at the clinic while the assessment took place. That’s when the shelter manager Connie Johnson arrived for her shift and was touched by the image of officer Garibaldi and the pup asleep side by side as they waited.
Johnson revealed it was immediately apparent just how caring and compassionate this officer was. At one point he even woke up to check on the pup and make sure she was okay as she dozed off by his side. Eventually the results came back in revealing that other than some mites, the pup was in good health. Following the checkup, officer Garibaldi named the pup Hope and brought her back to the station with him, where a dispatcher fell in love with the little girl. Hope was adopted that very day and now lives happily in her new forever home. As for officer Garibaldi, his act of kindness certainly does not go unnoticed.