For about four years now, Andres Thomas serves as a police officer in San Diego. His line of duty includes patrolling the streets of the Central Division. Just this November, the police officer responded to a complaint about a stolen car. The scene of the crime is in the Central Division.
When he received the tip, he immediately went to the area to investigate. As he was checking the alleged stolen car, he was surprised to see something special at the back seat. There he saw a yellow Labrador who seemed abandoned by his former owner.
In line with their duty, police officers are tasked to surrender animals to the Humane Society if ever they find one. This is in keeping with their standard operating procedures. This is also to give the found animal a chance to have a safe space in animal shelters.
Thomas followed this protocol and brought the dog to the local humane society. The police officer was optimistic that the pooch would soon reunite with his owner. But fate seems elusive for the dog as a few weeks later, no one claimed him.
When he learned this development, Thomas got heartbroken. The police officer is a dog lover. For one, when he found the pooch, he was still grieving the death of his beloved pooch. Incidentally, Thomas’ dog is also a Yellow Labrador.
There was a tinge of sadness on the part of Thomas because he badly wants to adopt the pooch. When he found the dog, he had a plan of taking it, but since Thomas needs to follow standard operation procedures else, he gets suspended, the police officer surrendered the pooch.
After learning that no one was looking for the pooch, Thomas applied to adopt the dog. He submitted the needed paper works for the adoption. In no time, the custody of the dog was given to him.
Thomas named his new companion Victor. In the words of Thomas, the dog embodied resiliency and won against all the odds. This is the reason why he called the dog Victor.
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When Police Officer Andre Thomas responded to the call of a stolen car on Oct. 7, he was surprised to find a yellow Lab abandoned in the back of the vehicle. Only a few months prior, Officer Thomas had lost his beloved yellow Labrador, Melakai, a life-companion who had walked alongside him for over a decade. The two had made the move from their native Fresno to San Diego when Andre was just 18 years old. Andre and Melakai were so close that when his faithful, canine friend passed away of old age in March, Andre made a vow to never get another dog, a promise that he kept until he spotted a frightened, lone pup in the back of the stolen vehicle that Andre was called to investigate. Following protocol, Andre immediately took the dog to the San Diego Humane Society hoping that his owners would reclaim him. Yet when three weeks went by and nobody had come to pick up the dog, Andre knew exactly what to do. He adopted the pup, took him home and gave him a name worthy of the adversities the dog had overcome: Victor. The two have been best friends ever since. ❤️🐕 Andre has been with the San Diego Police Department for four years. As a Police Officer II, he patrols the streets of the Central Division. #SDServes #FeelGoodFriday #yellowlab @sdhumanesociety @sandiegopd
Credits to City of San Diego.