Something about this story doesn’t make sense. A Nashville policewoman has been decommissioned after she order subordinates to rescue a mother dogs and seven puppies from an abandoned house. According to a police spokesman, Lieutenant Ford “made a series of decisions that violated police protocol.” But when you hear the particulars, it’s hard not to sympathize with her:
[O]fficers heard dogs barking at a home at 3426 Brick Church Pike. . . .He said the home had been damaged by floodwater and that no one was living in it, but that when officers looked inside they saw a mother dog and seven puppies.
“As much as they could tell, this home had been abandoned and the conditions inside the home appeared to be extremely poor, with animal feces everywhere,” Aaron said. “Officers believed the health of the animals to be at risk.”
He said the officers requested that Metro Animal Control come to the house to get the dogs but that Animal Control did not believe the dogs were in an emergency situation and declined to come.
Given the situation, Lieutenant Ford ordered the officers on the scene to break into the building and rescue the dogs, which she then took to a local veterinary clinic.
Here’s the weird part: the dogs were found to be in good health and were returned to their owner. How can that be, given the description above?
It’s hard not to see that Lieutenant Ford was acting with the best intentions, although she certainly violated protocols. What do you think?