ARLINGTON, Texas (KXAS) – When Sgt. Gary Carter was called to handle a vicious pit bull, he didn’t know what to expect.
After a closer look, Carter noticed the pit bull was not bad at all.
“He was friendly. He was more trying to make friends than hurt anybody,” said Sgt. Carter.
Officers lured the dog, named Jeffrey, into their patrol car and eventually reunited him with his owner.
Sgt. Carter assumed that was the last time he’d see Jeffery.
But he assumed wrong.
“Sometimes things don’t work out the way you think they’re gonna,” said Carter to KXAS.
Last week, Jeffrey escaped through his fence again and ended up in the custody of Arlington Animal Services.
His owner decided Jeffrey was too much for him to handle and said he didn’t want to pay the fee to get him out.
Jeffrey was given up to the shelter, but only had a short time to find a home or be euthanized.
Carter learned about the fate of the dog he saved on Wednesday.
“I just thought it was a terrible shame. I mean, he’s obviously a kind-hearted dog,” he said.
On Thursday, Carter went to the shelter to see if he could help the dog one last time, only this time it would be finding a home.
He brought his camera to take a few pictures of Jeffrey to post to the police department’s Facebook page.
He says that is when it hit him.
“He keeps getting in my way. I keep running into him like this. So, I think I maybe ought to just listen and go ahead and take him home,” said Carter.
After he got the okay from his wife, he signed the papers and changed Jeffery’s name to Chance.
“Chance just seems like an awfully good name. It’s like his second chance. He is getting a second chance,” said Carter.