When A NYC Cop Found This Starving Pit Bull Chained In An Abandoned Home, He Knew What He Had To Do

When police officer Joshua Sailor arrived for work one September morning, he had no idea that his upcoming shift would change his life. After rescuing a chained-up, starving puppy that had been left to die, the cop had a moment of realization. And today, both Sailor and the dog are very changed indeed.

In September 2016, police officers responded to reports of an abandoned animal in New York City. Residents in a Queens neighborhood dialed 911 after hearing barking in an abandoned building – and cops from the 113th Precinct arrived not long afterwards.

When the team arrived at the scene, they found something heartbreaking. An eight-month-old pit bull puppy stood chained inside a tiny space between the property’s front door and a screen. The gap was so small, in fact, that the poor dog could barely move.

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According to NY Daily News, the chained puppy, later named Mila, could not access water or food. Officers reckoned, in fact, that this was deliberate – because the distressed dog barked, she deterred any potential burglars.

Further, the dog was clearly starving. “Physically, you could see everything from her spine, to her hip bone, her ribs,” Sailor told the newspaper. He also revealed that the pooch was “so bored and hungry” that she had chewed the walls of her makeshift prison.

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However, despite her awful ordeal, the dog’s spirit was not broken. Indeed, the newly freed pooch, on saying goodbye to her chains, ran straight to Sailor for comfort. And the police officer was completely won over by her puppy-dog eyes.

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“When we rescued Mila, she just gave me that look,” he told the NY Daily News. “Like, thank you; thank you for getting me out of there. It was the saddest thing; it broke my heart.”

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The police handed Mila to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where she would be treated ahead of being adopted. For some reason, however, Sailor couldn’t get the gray-and-white dog out of his mind. “I realized that this dog needed a lot of love and I have a lot of love to give,” he said.

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After a whole week, Sailor still couldn’t stop thinking about the cute canine. So, he visited the dog at the ASPCA’s Rehabilitation Center. And it seems Mila had been thinking about Sailor as well.

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Once again, Mila bounded over to Sailor the moment she laid eyes on him. “She came running into the room and ran straight to me, ignoring the treats that they had put out on the floor,” he told the NY Daily News. “I’ll admit I got a little choked up.”

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Sailor knew that he and Mila had a special bond. And so there and then the 24-year-old adopted the helpless pup. “I said, ‘That’s it, she’s coming home with me,’” he explained.

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And the pair have been inseparable ever since. Indeed, Sailor is delighted that he spends every day with little Mila. “It was like when you wake up on Christmas morning as a little kid [and] you see all the presents downstairs,” he told the Daily News. “She one hundred percent needed me, but I one hundred percent needed her, too.”

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Sailor, in fact, had always dreamed of having his own four-legged friend. “I was like, ‘alright this is my dog.’ I’ve been an animal lover my whole life,” he continued. “I used to work in a vet’s office for four years. For someone who loves dogs, it was a home run.”

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Since the NYPD posted a video of Sailor and Mila’s story to Facebook, the pair have received huge numbers of messages from well-wishers. Indeed, the video post soon encouraged almost 5,000 reactions. It was also shared over 1,000 times.

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One woman commented that, “This brought tears, really happy tears, to my eyes. Thank you, officer, for helping the NYC community, making changes, and saving Mila’s life. You two are meant to be together. I am always excited to see news like this in our time.”

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Meanwhile, another person added, “Stories like this just make my day. I wish every animal in need had this kind of ending. So well done Officer Sailor and congrats to Mila on your new daddy.”

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While people have hailed Sailor a hero, he reckons any of his colleagues would do the same thing. “I go to work every day just like every other police officer, and we all have the same thing in mind: to go make a difference in the community we’re policing,” he told the NY Daily News. “One thing I can say about the 113 Precinct is any time they see an animal in distress, they’ll go out of their way to help.”

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Nevertheless, Sailor will be honored by the ASPCA, alongside other officers, for his work combating animal cruelty. “Their extraordinary dedication and compassion have directly benefited countless animals and demonstrate the importance of helping animals to build a safer and more humane community,” Howard Lawrence, vice president of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Division, told the NY Daily News.

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“It’s inspiring to see Maryann, now Mila, thriving in her new home with Officer Sailor,” he continued. “[She’s] a reminder of how animal cruelty victims can overcome abuse to become loving companions.”

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Of course, it seems obvious that Mila and Sailor are meant for each other. And after Officer Sailor saved Mila’s life, she has apparently filled a hole in his life that he didn’t even know he had. “I don’t know who needs who more,” the cop gushed.

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