After a puppy was badly beaten by its owner, a Cleveland police officer stepped up to the plate and decided to give the animal a loving home.
On June 15, Cleveland police officers responded to a call about a brutal dog beating. When they arrived, they were shocked to see the damage that owner Peris Rice did to the helpless animal. Rice reportedly beat the puppy with a belt, choked it, and hit its face with a brick because it had chewed up some items in the home.
The dog had suffered some extensive injuries, and at the scene, Officers Neil Pesta and Brian Kellums say the scared dog immediately jumped into their front seat “almost as if to say, 'Let’s get out of here, thanks for coming.'" Shortly after, Rice was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
The 1-year-old pit bull was taken for treatment and is said to be recovering well. After hearing the story from his colleagues who responded to the call, Officer Brandon Melbar was moved to foster the puppy until they could find him a suitable home.
Melbar has reportedly fallen in love with the puppy, who he named Harvard, and has decided to adopt him.
"He just rolls over, wants you to rub his belly; he’s not aggressive at all,” said Melbar. “He’s just been pretty lovable.”
As for Rice, he has pleaded not guilty to the animal cruelty charges and has been issued $5,000 bond.