IMPD officer rescues stray, starving dog during traffic stop

Posted at 8:10 AM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 17:51:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A recruit officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department rescued a stray dog after a routine traffic stop Tuesday on Indianapolis' west side.

According to police, Recruit Officer Freeman and her field training officer were helping with a traffic stop near the intersection of W. 29th Street and Barnes Avenue when Freeman noticed a dog in the yard of a house.

The gate to the yard was open, and the people living in the house said it wasn't their dog.

The dog had been starved to the point of being able to see her ribs, but she was still friendly.

Freeman took the dog (seen in the picture above) and met an Animal Control officer nearby so it wouldn't run away.

Several police officers have expressed interest in adopting the dog.

The animal control officer said she should be up for adoption soon. 

There was so much interest in the dog that the next day officers went to Indianapolis Animal Care Services and showed their visit with her on Facebook Live.  Fans on the IMPD Facebook page have named the dog 'Rookie.'