Florida police officer gently pets and comforts dog which was in pain after it was hit by a car

The picture was taken by a passerby, Carlos Irizzy, who was walking his own pet along Royal Palm Drive in Kissimmee that morning when he noticed the officer's kind act


                            Florida police officer gently pets and comforts dog which was in pain after it was hit by a car

A picture of a law enforcement officer from Florida, comforting a dog after it was hit by a car, is going viral on social media. The picture shows Deputy Joshua Fiorelli petting the pooch as it laid on the grass covered in the officer's jacket waiting for help after it was hit by a car. The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday.

The picture was taken by a passerby, Carlos Irizzy, who was walking his own pet along Royal Palm Drive in Kissimmee, Florida, that morning, when he noticed the officer's kind act and decided to photograph the moment.

Irizzy, while talking to WFTV.com, said: "This is something you don't see every day." Although Irizzy took the picture, the officer had no idea about it and was unaware people witnessed his kind gesture. The officer stayed with the dog until animal control arrived, the Daily Mail reported.

The officer can be seen with the injured dog in the picture. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)
The officer can be seen with the injured dog in the picture. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)

"It was cold out. She was wet. She didn't have anyone there so I dedicated to be that person," Fiorelli said. "I know a lot of dogs become defensive when they get hurt. She was not defensive at all." Reports stated the dog was treated at a medical center and is now recovering at Osceola County Animal Shelter. The canine is also set to get a surgery, which could take place Thursday and is expected to do well after the procedure. 

Osceola County Sheriff's Office commended Fiorelli for "serving with care and compassion" in a Facebook post. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)
Osceola County Sheriff's Office commended Fiorelli for "serving with care and compassion" in a Facebook post. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)

The officer reportedly advised the owner to get a microchip for the pooch, which would assist in keeping a close eye on her. Fiorelli's warm gesture was also appreciated by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, which praised the employee in a Facebook post for "serving with care and compassion," according to reports.

"It was cold out. She was wet. She didn't have anyone there so I dedicated to be that person," Fiorelli (pictured on the right) said. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)
"It was cold out. She was wet. She didn't have anyone there so I dedicated to be that person," Fiorelli (pictured on the right) said. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)