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Fresno Police Officer William McCarty Warms Hearts by Feeding Stray Dog

Fresno Police Officer William McCarty Warms Hearts by Feeding Stray Dog

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By    |   Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:17 AM

Fresno police officer William McCarty is making headlines as the cop with a heart after he was photographed feeding a neighborhood stray dog rummaging through trash on Monday.

The heartwarming encounter took place outside the Edison-Bethune Charter Academy as students were leaving the school and it caused a sensation, according to The Fresno Bee.

McCarty noticed the scrawny pit bull mix walking through the streets earlier that day while out patrolling and decided to stop at a shop to grab some dog food.

He then drove back to where he had seen the dog and placed a bowl down on the sidewalk with food, which the starving canine wolfed down.

Marty Solis, a truancy officer at Edison-Bethune, managed to capture the moment in a photo.

“It was cool to see the officer do that,” he told The Fresno Bee. “You know, usually when the kids see an officer, they think something bad happened. Some of the parents had stopped and were worried. But then we saw the kind gesture. It was real heartwarming.”

The greater California area is facing rising numbers of stray dogs, with animal rescue workers once claiming it to be one of the worst problems in the nation, according to a 2016 report by KMPH.

In June 2016, the Central California S.P.C.A. took in 66 strays a day, which amounts to nearly 2,000 in just one month.

Of those, only 116 were reclaimed by their owners while 1,082 strays were put to sleep.

“If we don't have the space then most likely they'll be euthanized,” said CCSPCA spokesperson Walter Salvari in a separate 2016 report, according to ABC News. “Stray animals don't really make it out because we have so many that come through.”

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