A patrol officer has adopted a 1-year-old Pit Bull who his fellow officers saved from abuse. Patrol Officer Brandon Melbar of Cleveland originally only volunteered to foster the young dog until a home could be found, but his family fell in love with the dog, now named Harvard, and decided to adopt him.
Harvard was rescued after police officers responded to call on June 15 that a dog was being beaten by a man in at the middle of the street. When Officers Neil Pesta and Brian Kellums arrived they found the dog had injuries on his face, paws and legs. Witnesses told the officers that the suspect had beaten the young dog with a belt, choked him and hit him in the face with a brick.
Harvard at the vet (left); Harvard jumped into the cop’s patrol car (right)
According the Cleveland Police Department Blog, one of the witnesses managed to convince the suspect to give him the dog. When the officers arrived Harvard jumped into the front seat of their patrol car.
Pesta told Fox Cleveland that Harvard immediately jumped into the police car, “almost as if to say, ‘let’s get out of here, thanks for coming.'” It certainly seemed like Harvard knew they were there to help him!
After further questioning witnesses Officers Pesta and Kellums learned the name of the suspect and where he lived. They obtained a warrant and later arrested and charged the man with animal cruelty.