A Department of Natural Resources officer is being called a hero after his quick thinking saved a dog's life.
Chris Lynch, an experienced officer with the DNR in Upper Michigan, was on patrol when a vehicle parked near an ORV trail on private property caught his attention. He saw a man get out of the vehicle and put a .270 rifle into a case. Nearby, a second man had a shovel and was digging a deep hole.
When Lynch saw a small dog running around the first man's feet, he decided to take action. He approached the men and saw an empty cardboard box near the freshly dug hole. It didn't take long to put the clues together and realize the men planned to shoot and bury the dog.
According to the incident report, Lynch calmly informed the men they were on public property. They admitted they didn't have permission to be there and had come to the woods to dispose of the dog.
Lynch reported that the dog seemed happy and healthy, so he asked what was wrong with it. "She's old," was the only answer he was given.
Surprised by their answer, Lynch went on to tell them that the owner of the land wouldn't consent to what they were about to do, and he also took legal action against them for illegally possessing a loaded firearm in the vehicle.
Lynch had done his job, but he didn't stop there. After a short discussion, he convinced the men to give him the dog. The report states they "agreed their actions probably weren't the smartest thing to do," and Lynch took the dog into his custody.
He drove the short distance to Delta Animal Shelter where rescuers always accept unwanted animals at no fee. They determined the dog to be an 11-year-old Shih Tzu, and while she may be old, she has a lot of life left in her. A spokesperson from the shelter told The Dodo:
"She is very lucky to have been found before being shot. We are thankful to the 00DNR who brought her to the safety of the Delta Animal Shelter. There is no justifiable reason to end her life. She probably has a good five years of life left and her health is fine. This community does not accept what was going to happen, nor any other form of abuse of an animal."
Tunzy, whose real name ended up being Tootsie, has since been adopted into a forever family, and thanks to Office Lynch, she has a great new life to look forward to.
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