June of 2014, Police officers received a call in from a witness that said they had seen a man viciously beating his dog. Two officers, Neil Pesta and Brian Kellums, went to check out the scene. Immediately they were greeted by a one-year-old pit bull that in the car without hesitation to get away from his violent owner.
The animal had been hit with a belt, a brick, and even choked. After being treated for its injuries, officer Brandon Melbar offered to foster the pit bull, knowing that it can be hard for pit bulls to get adopted from animal shelters. Melbar agreed to care for the dog until they could find it a good home.
The pit bull, Harvard, was only meant to be a temporary guest. However, Officer Melbar couldn’t resist Harvard’s canine charm. He ended up adopting his newfound friend. Because of the adoption, Harvard was able to get the care he needed and can live a happy, healthy dog life without any dog abuse.
The police department of the three officers is notorious for this kind of kindness towards dogs in tough situations. In another instance, an officer in 2013 brought a sick dog and pregnant dog home and he and his wife still care for them to this day.