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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - She knew she had to stop. She knew she had to pay it forward.

Richmond Police officer Karen Spencer-Boyles is a dog lover, so when she spotted two dogs in the middle of Jeff Davis Highway Tuesday morning, she simply could not drive off.

One of the dogs was dead. It was hit by a car.

The other dog was scared and whimpering, refusing to leave its friend's side.

A women who works nearby spotted Officer Spencer-Boyles and stopped to take a photo of what she called the officer's act of kindness.

"A Richmond city police woman stopped because a dog was hit and his friend was beside him barking," Michelle C. said. "She stopped and got him out of the road and soothed him."

Carrington said the officer's actions likely saved the dog's life.

"For her to stop and take a moment of her time to show just a little compassion to an animal that obviously just lost his best friend goes to show us - there are some people out there that really do care," Michelle said.

Officer Spencer-Boyles said she too could tell the dog was scared and she also feared it would get hit by a car if she did not act fast.

"You could just tell he was scared," Spencer-Boyles said. "He just looked helpless. It's kind of like if you had a friend and your friend had been hurt. He just stood by his friend."

Thirteen years ago, while in the police academy, Spencer-Boyles got an English Cocker Spaniel named Tex. In 2009 her dog ran out into the road and was hit by a car.

A stranger saw what happened, stopped and helped to save the Spencer-Boyles' pet.

Today the Richmond Police Officer paid it forward.

The surviving dog, who is being called Giusseppe, was collected by Richmond Animal Control and is at their office on Chamberlayne Ave. Animal Control believes Giusseppe has an owner because he is neutered and had a flea collar on.

The Animal Shelter said if the owner does not come to get Giusseppe within 10 days, he will be put up for adoption.  You can contact them at (804) 646-5573.

Officer Spencer-Boyles urged pet owners to get their pets spayed or neutered.

"We see so many animals that are just roaming the streets, don't have any families and don't have anybody to take care of them," she said.


  • Donna Warnick

    Bless you fir being the type of officer and human that is needed to show others how to act. Just because you chose law enforcement as a career does not mean you need to be cold hearted. I pray you have a long fruitful career inspiring many along the way. I hope the pups owners find him, if not I’m sure he’ll find a wonderful home.

  • Reasonable Man

    Nice story, but to point out the obvious, stopping for this situation as a police officer is a requirement. There was a danger that could have created an accident (dogs in road), so it was logical and natural for her to stop and do her job. She certainly seems sweet and nice, but if she didn’t stop (and was photographed) leaving, then her job is seriously on the line.

  • Bonnie

    Above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you, officer. You are terrific – and very much appreciated.

  • renee mccoull

    To borrow the title of a book, thank you for helping all things great and small. I hope you are Blessed ten fold for all the goodness and kindness you bring to the job.

  • Unique

    Dear Officer Spencer-Boyles,
    I am Bruno’s owner. I appreciate you for helping him and getting him somewhere safe. It really means a lot because i would have felt so bad if something would have happen to him. He is a great dog. And Im happy to have him back with us.

    His name is Bruno. I did volunteering with the SPCA when i was in 9th grade. ( I had him for about 2 or 3 years ). We got to pick a dog , walk him and feed him. When i saw ” Booker ” ( his name before i brought him home ) , i flocked right to him. He came up to the gate and rubbed his head against it. Bruno was well trained , and i could tell he had been in a good home but maybe they couldn’t take care of him. So when i got home , I told my mom about him and i went straight back to adopt him. I loved him ,

    He followed me everywhere , slept in my room. We walked every morning at 6 am before i went to school and after. It came a time where we got too busy with our life i was in school and working. Bruno was home half the day alone. My mom decided to take him to my uncles house and we’d bring him back home when life levels out . I figured it would be better because he had a yard with a fence.

    That is were he met ” Flocka ” ( the dog that was hit by a car ). Flocka was just a 8 week old puppy when they meet . I would think they became really close and part of each other everyday life. When i heard about this story i was hurt , only because i feel that everything that he loves leaves him. So I’m actually happy we got him back . He still follows me around. He’s still a good dog and he listens. haha only problem is i have a pregnant cat right now , and they do not get along at all. She hisses at him and he barks at her. But i will get them to adjust.

    – Bruno’s Mommyy :)

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