Reno County deputy adopts stray, injured dog

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RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

An injured stray dog has captured the heart of a Reno County sheriff's deputy. After being advised the dog may need to be put down, the deputy took him to the vet, paid the bill and gave the pup a new home.

Deputy Jeremy VanWey was called at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday to an animal welfare check in the 7000 block of East Silver Lake Road. The sheriff's office said on Facebook that the caller said they found a dog that may have been hit by a car or shot. 

"When Deputy VanWey arrived the dog came from under a porch and right up to him," the sheriff's office said. "The dog appeared to possibly have a broken leg."

The deputy checked a home in the area and was told the dog must be a stray or someone had abandoned him.

VanWey then called the local animal shelter. Staff said if VanWey brought the dog in, the county would have to pay the bill. The county could not pay the bill, and VanWey was told it would be best to just put the dog down.

"Knowing he could not possibly shoot this poor dog he called his wife. His wife supported his decision to adopt the dog."

VanWey loaded the dog in his patrol vehicle and took him to Ninnescah Veterinary Service. After a night at the vet, the dog was released with medication, an updated rabies shot and a newly repaired dislocated hip.

"Deputy VanWey used his own $210 to pay the bill and a loving home! Deputy VanWey’s wife decided to name the dog 'Dodge' since he dodged a bullet that day. Outstanding work Deputy and welcome to the family Dodge!"

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