Officer adopts puppy rescued from burglary suspect

- A puppy has a special bond with Louisville police officer.

Officer Jeffrey Emerich already has two rescues at home. "I love rescuing dogs, it's kind of my thing."

Officer Emerich saved the puppy's life during a traffic stop. The suspect Dezmond Jones pleaded guilty to animal cruelty this week. He told officers there was a dog in the car. "Initially and we didn't see a dog or hear a dog or anything, so we were kind of confused," said Emerich. 

But then he saw a little leg poking out from under the passenger seat. He pulled the dog out and it started shivering immediately. It was covered in its own urine, and it was just freezing cold. 

The dog hitched a ride in a patrol car to Louisville Metro animal services. "I was holding her the whole way in my car, just trying to warm her up, so hopefully we created a little bond that early," he said. 

A couple weeks later the shelter called to give the officer first dibs to adopt. He named her Audrey after his grandma. "I think she's ready to go home and get some toys and treats," he said. 

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