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Cleveland Officer to Adopt Abused Dog He Rescued

June 20, 2014  | 

This photo from the Cleveland Police Facebook page shows Harvard the dog on the day he was rescued (left) and on the day he was released from the animal hospital.
This photo from the Cleveland Police Facebook page shows Harvard the dog on the day he was rescued (left) and on the day he was released from the animal hospital.

Cleveland police officers were called to the scene of E. 138th Street and Harvard Ave., after witnesses reported resident Peris Rice was standing in the street beating a dog with a belt and a brick and then tried to choke him. But now an officer who responded plans to adopt the injured Pit Bull, reports Yahoo Shine.

Since the incident Patrol Officer Brandon Melbar has been fostering the dog and making sure that the pup is on the road to recovery. And according to a statement on the Cleveland Police Facebook page, Officer Melbar has decided to adopt the dog and name him Harvard.

Badges for Bullies, an organization that fosters the relationship among police, the animal rescue community, and the general public, paid for the costs of Harvard's treatment and follow-up care.


Comments (5)

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Wes Esper @ 6/21/2014 6:00 AM

Thank you Officer Melbar. Its good to see something positive written about a poice officer and his contact with an animal. After retiring from the Massillon Police Dept, my wife did not think I had enough to do and bought a small farm west of town and we rescue dogs and cats. Pit Bulls can be a hard breed to handle , but they are very loving dogs. Thank you for adopting this dog. The best of luck to you.

James @ 6/21/2014 7:38 AM

Officer Brandon Melbar, well done. My hats off to you. I love Pit Bulls they are the most loyal dog that even rivals the German Shepherd. Had several of each breed and neither breed ever let me down. It is nice to see articles of the positive side of Law Enforcement.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/21/2014 8:45 PM

Thank you Officer Melbar, you made my day.

Greg @ 6/23/2014 3:58 AM

More importantly, did they spay or neuter Peris Rice?

Good for you Officer Melbar.

NJ Motorcop @ 6/23/2014 7:14 AM

Thanks Brother Melbar, you make us all look good!

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