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Bruno ready to his reunion. (PHOTO: Richmond Animal Care and Control)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – One week after his story made national news, the lost dog saved from a busy street by a Richmond Police officer was reunited with his owner.

When we last saw Bruno, he was in the middle of Jeff Davis Highway and refusing to leave the side of his dog friend who had been hit and killed by a car.


Richmond Police Officer Karen Spencer-Boyles consoles Bruno on Jeff Davis Highway

Richmond Police Officer Karen Spencer-Boyles did not want Bruno to suffer the same fate, so she stopped her cruiser, got out of her car and helped calm the grieving dog while she moved him to safety.

“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.”

Her actions garnered praise from around the country.

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Happy reunion between Bruno his owner (PHOTO: Richmond Animal Care and Control)

Bruno was collected by Richmond Animal Control and Care and taken in for observation.

Had no one stepped forward to claim the dog within 10 days, Bruno would have been put up for adoption.

Teresa Melton made sure that was not going to happen. She said Bruno is her daughter’s dog and the nine-year-old pet somehow escaped a relative’s backyard.

She said when she went to Richmond Animal Control and Care to claim Bruno, workers found a microchip that proved she was the dog’s owner.

When told over the phone about the Richmond Police officer who stopped to save Bruno, Melton was grateful.

“I would love to meet her,” Melton said. “We rescued Bruno from the SPCA. Refusing to leave a friend’s side sounds just like him. I think he used to be a service dog.”

Melton said her family would adjust how they cared for their pet to make sure no one let Bruno out of their sight again.



    • Unique

      I am the ” daughter ” they speak about in this story. No , he does not need another owner his collar wasn’t on him at that time . We temporarily sent him to my uncle house because he had a bigger yard and where we lived he was home alone all the time due to busy school and work days. That’s depressing. Bruno is safe , sound and happy. I feel that its my responsible now to keep him that way being that he has lost a close friend ” flocka ” ( the dog that died ) , He was my uncles dog . I love dogs! I also have a pregnant cat. Bruno is a wonderful dog and he is WELL taken care of. I also appreciate the officer that helped out and saved him from an accident waiting to happen. Everyone be blessed and thanks for showing concern.

      • Esther

        I hope the owner doesn’t send Bruno to the irresponsible uncle, also if you don’t have time to have pets, why have them?

  • Liz

    The story notes that Bruno had a microchip. Perhaps the real question is why he was not checked for one sooner. Also, there is no indication from the story that the dog that was killed also belonged to the same owner.

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