Abandoned dog finds new home and job with Indiana fire department


JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (NewsNation Now) — An abandoned dog found tied to a tree in Indiana has a new home and job, going from rescued to trained rescuer in a few short weeks.

White River Township Fire Chief Jeremy Pell was moved by the story of “Roadie,” who was abandoned and tied to a tree with a heartbreaking note from her owner, reported NewsNation affiliate WTTV/WXIN.

“I was a spoiled girl, my dad gave me my own couch to lie on and my own memory foam bed,” the note said.  “My dad lost his job and soon his home from COVID. Please pray for him and give him hope that I will find a good home!”

“My heart breaks for a family that’s in that position, and for a dog that is going through all these changes,” Pell said.

The fire chief adopted the nearly 2-year-old shepherd mix and set her redemption story into motion. “Roadie” is now “Rosie” and works for the Search and Rescue K9 Unit for fire department.

“We can give her a second chapter to her life and give her a job that helps people,” said Pell.

She spends her days at the White River Township Fire Department Headquarters in Greenwood, and then goes home in the evenings with Pell and his family.

“I saw something in her face,” he said. “The breed, the soulful eyes, the stance, just something caught me.”

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