WESTFIELD, NJ — Cole, the German Shepherd mix hit by a train in Westfield last month, is being adopted by one of the police officers who rescued him, according to Dr. Morsy Alsamadisi, owner of All Pets Vet Hospital in Branchburg.
Alsamadisi and his staff treated Cole free of charge when attempts to find Cole’s owner failed, he said. The 4- or 5-year-old dog lost his right hind leg in the accident and required two surgeries and more than a month to recover. He will be ready to move into his new home a week from Sunday, the veterinarian said.
One of officers who rescued Cole after the accident chased him for half a mile in order to catch him, Alsamadisi said. He was heartened to see how much the cops cared for the dog.
“The police officers treated the animal as if he were a person,” he said. “That’s what we do, too.”
The staff at All Pets has become particularly fond of Cole, he said, bringing him outside to play on nice days (he runs around fine on three legs) and taking turns buying him rotisserie chickens. Pet food producer Royal Canin donated dog food for Cole to eat, as well.
All Pets is where all injured animals picked up by Animal Control Solutions for the town of Westfield and other towns served by the Westfield Regional Board of Health are taken, Alsamadisi said. Although it’s more than a 30-minute drive from Westfield, he said their facility is state-of-the-art, his staff is excellent and he personally comes in to help injured animals after hours and on holidays.
Lost pets brought in are scanned for microchips, Alsamadisi said.
“We try to reach the owner, find the owner, in all different ways,” he said. “If we can’t find the owner, we try to find the right home.”
When an owner can’t afford the treatment a pet needs, Alsamadisi said he works with them to make what’s necessary possible.
“At the end of the day, it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about helping the animal.”