He had never seen a dog so emaciated and still alive in his life.
For over 8 years Officer Rick Broz has been dedicated to protecting animals in Lorain, Ohio. He has also personally rescued ne.glect.ed and a.bu.sed dogs.
One such dog was Herbie, a Pit Bull mix who he found after the police department received an anonymous call.
Here is Herbie’s story, as it originally appeared on DogFull back in 2013.
He had never seen a dog so emaciated and still alive in his life. That’s what Patrolman Rick Broz, thought when he found a Pit Bull mix curled on the ground outside an ab.and.oned home and barely able to move.
He could hardly believe what he was seeing. The s.tarv.ing dog was blind in one eye, with a fractured skull and his head swollen with infection. In his official police report Officer Broz described the dog he rescued:
“I observed a light brown dog, possibly a pit bull, lying in the grass. Every rib, vertebrae, and leg bone could be plainly observed beneath its skin. I have never seen such an emaciated dog, still alive, in my career. A dog of this type should weigh around 75 or more pounds and this dog appeared to be around 25 to 30 pounds.
The top of the dogs head was grotesquely swollen, apparently from an infected puncture wound, to nearly twice its expected size. The swelling actually was forcing the dog’s eye lids closed. Yellow-green purulent discharge was seen coming from both eyes.”
Officer Broz took the dog to Lorain Animal Clinic. They named him Herbie and began emergency treatment. Within a few days, Herbie’s condition improved. The swelling in his head reduced quite a bit and is appetite slowly began to increase. Within a week and a half, he had gained back a bit of weight and was really enjoying his trips outside.
Just after Christmas, the staff learned that Herbie has adenocarcinoma, a non-operable and non-responsive cancer.
It was sad news given the progress he had made battling his weight loss and injuries. Dr. Woods and the staff at the clinic have said that his cancer has not progressed enough to interfere with his quality of life.
Officer Broz says he will continue to provide a kind and loving home for Herbie and take each day as it comes.
At the time of Herbie’s rescue an $11,000 reward for information leading to the person responsible for Herbie’s ab.u.se and ne.glect was offered. Herbie was found in front of an abandoned home on West 11th street in Lorain, Ohio on December 1, 2012
Animal lovers in Ohio state are also rallying for stricter laws for animal c.ruel.ty.
Update March 1, 2013:
Herbie passed away peacefully in Doc Broz’s arms around 2pm on Friday. “I know that if he could talk, he would tell all of you how much he loved each and every one of you and you were the reason he was able to fight for so long,” Broz wrote on his Facebook page.
Rest in Peace, Herbie.
Update April 2019:
Officer Rick “Doc” Broz was recently awarded the Humane Society of the United States Humane Law Enforcement Award 2018 for his dedication to helping and protecting animals, especially dogs, in Lorain County.