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Passerby captures cop’s emotional gesture towards hit-and-run dog

Carlos Irizzary was walking his dog one Sunday morning in Kissimmee, Florida when he came across a heartbreaking hit-and-run accident.

He noticed that a cop, Osceola County Deputy Sheriff Josh Fiorelli, was busy trying to cover up something on the side of the road, and immediately took a picture of the unusual act.

It’s often said that a picture says a thousand words, but sometimes no words are even needed to describe what’s going on.

In the aftermath of the accident, Deputy Fiorelli was spotted covering a body lying on the grass with his own coat, catching the attention of the passerby who was watching his every move.

After Deputy Josh Fiorelli arrived at the hit-and-run scene, he found an injured doggy who had been hit by a careless driver.

They fled the area without so much of a nod of acknowledgment to the poor pup they left behind.

He took off his coat and covered the poor furbaby to keep her warm. The humbled Deputy told WFTV:

“It was cold out. She was wet. She didn’t have anyone there so I decided to be that person.”

The temporary doggy daddy didn’t know that a passerby had been watching his every move, or that the photo of this precious moment would soon find its way onto social media, where it would start melting hearts everywhere.

The sweet little pup was scraped up in the accident and she couldn’t move around very much, which is why Deputy Fiorelli was gentle with her.

But, she was totally receptive to his warm, healing energy!

“I know a lot of dogs become defensive when they get hurt.

She was not defensive at all. She was acceptive of me trying to pet her and take care of her.”

The dog is now being looked after at the Osceola County Animal Shelter.

She’ll need to undergo surgery for her dislocated leg, but she’s been given some pain medication and is expected to be okay.

Although the rest of her body is a little bit achy, she can wag her tail, which is definitely a good sign!

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson wasn’t about to let Deputy Josh Fiorelli’s actions go unacknowledged, and on his Facebook page he praised the kindhearted man:

“I would like to take a moment to personally thank Deputy Sheriff Josh Fiorelli for going above and beyond the call of duty this morning with the love and care he provided to this little helpless dog, after being struck by a vehicle.

Thank you to Commissioner Viviana Janer and WFTV Anchor, Nancy Alverez, for acknowledging Deputy Fiorelli as well!! We are definitely #Communitystrong, my friends! Merry Christmas and God bless!!”

Deputy Fiorelli hopes the dog he saved with get to find a forever home, and that her new parents will consider getting her a collar and microchip.

“Keep an eye on them. They may only be a part of your life, but you’re their whole life.”

This sweet pup is alive thanks to this cop’s tender loving care, and she’s bound to become someone’s new best friend very soon.

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