Boston police officers went above and beyond the call of duty this past week as the officers stepped up and helped save an injured dog that had taken a bullet for his owner.
The 10-month old, 90-pound dog named Fellony had apparently been in front of his owner when shots rang out on Wednesday.
Fellony ended up being shot in the incident, likely saving his owner from a similar fate.
When officers arrived on scene, they immediately helped drive Fellony and his owner to a local veterinarian for treatment.
After learning that the owner lacked the funds to pay for the surgery that Fellony needed, Officers David Lanteigne and Brian Smith, along with Sergeant Tommy Brooks, opened up their own wallets to pay for the treatment.
Officer Lanteigne said of the event, “It’s just a natural human response to somebody in need and help them out with their family, and dogs are family, and I don’t think they get the credit they deserve sometimes. The way that I look at it, that dog put himself in front of his owner and took a bullet for him.”
The grateful owner was shocked when he learned that the officers were going to pay for the treatment out of their own pockets.
Thus far, the costs to treat Fellony have amounted to $2,500 and could possibly climb higher; however, the hero cops have said they are willing to put even more money down to make sure Fellony gets the treatment he needs.