Animal stories are extremely popular with people of all ages on social media as they spread positivity and happiness in these gloomy times.
When a white and tan mic pit bull was hit by a car in Kissimmee, FLorida, last December, Deputy Josh Fiorelli of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office flung into action as he knew exactly how to help the pup.
Deputy Fiorelli sat near her and covered her with his jacket as they waited for animal services to arrive.
A photo was captured by a bystander who took a photo of that moment and has become a viral sensation online. “It was cold out. She was wet,” he said, “She didn’t have anyone there so I decided to be that person.”
The dog was very calm even in the face of immense pain. “I know a lot of dogs become defensive when they get hurt,” Fiorelli added. “She was not defensive at all. She was acceptive of me trying to pet her and take care of her.”
“Deputy Fiorelli cares for an injured dog who was hit by a car and waits with him until animal control arrives,” the sheriff’s office shared on Dec. 16. “Thank you Deputy Fiorelli for serving with care and compassion.”
Deputy Fiorelli cares for an injured dog who was hit by a car and waits with him until animal control arrives. Thank you…
Posted by Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, December 16, 2018
The pup has survived and is at the Osceola County Animal Services shelter and needed surgery and other medical care. The kind deputy was there at her side to comfort her and did not leave her in pain and alone on the side of the road.
Although no one has stepped in yet to claim the pit bull, she has stayed at the rescue. “Keep an eye on them,” Fiorelli said, referring to pets. “They may only be a part of your life, but you’re their whole life.”
Fellow law enforcement officers and members of the public has appreciated Fiorelli’s actions and praised him online. “I would like to take a moment to personally thank Deputy Sheriff Josh Fiorelli for going above and beyond the call of duty this morning with the love and care he provided to this little helpless dog, after being struck by a vehicle,” Sheriff Russ Gibson shared.
Posted by Russ Gibson on Sunday, December 16, 2018
The dog Fiona has still not been adopted even though her story got viral. “Regardless of the fact that Fiona has been featured on the news and several other social media outlets, she still sits at Osceola County Animal Services waiting for the right family to notice her,” METTA Rescue Family posted this past May. “This special girl has been through so much as you can hear her full story in the video. As much as the shelter staff has grown to love her, she truly deserves a home of her own.”
VOLUME ⬆️ Fiona has a story to tell..🗣
Regardless of the fact that Fiona has been featured on the news and several other social media outlets, she still sits at Osceola County Animal Services waiting for the right family to notice her.💔 This special girl has been through so much as you can hear her full story in the video. As much as the shelter staff has grown to love her, she truly deserves a home of her own.🏡 Fiona needs help finding an adopter in Florida who will provide the love and care she is beyond worthy of.🐾 Adopting is such a rewarding experience and we encourage you to take a chance on one of these amazing shelter dogs like Fiona.🐶
➡️If you are interested in adopting Fiona please contact the shelter directly at 407-742-8000.
➡️Or if you are considering fostering Fiona or any other of our available dogs, please fill out our foster screening form: https://www.mettarescuefamily.org/foster
Posted by METTA Rescue Family on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
She has had her cysts removed, been spayed, she’s had all her vaccinations and microchipped as well, but still no home. “Fiona and Cannon having a great time enjoying the weather,” Osceola County Animal Services posted in a September update. “Both dogs are still up for adoption waiting for their forever homes.”
Fiona and Cannon having a great time enjoying the weather. Both dogs are still up for adoption waiting for their forever…
Posted by Osceola County Animal Services on Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Fiona requires a specific kind of home where she will get her training, Fiona prefers to hang out with adults and loves the grass and short walks.
We hope this Christmas time will be extra special for Fiona and that she finds her special and forever home.