Officer Maxwell Taylor is more than just a hero to the dog he rescued on Monday from the side of the freeway, he is now the proud owner of the 2-year-old German shepherd.
Taylor responded to calls Monday afternoon about a dog in the middle of freeway.
"She was obviously excited somebody was paying attention to her, she stayed right with me didn't run into traffic, didn't go anywhere, waiting for a car to come pick her up to take her back to our office."
The German shepherd was taken to Kern County Animal Services where she was named Chipette. On Friday, the Taylor family made Chipette a part of their family.
"We are very excited that the Taylor family was able to come out and adopt this wonderful German shepherd and that Officer Taylor was able to save her life and get her off the side of the road," Kern County Animal Services Outreach Programs Manager Sally Breyer said.
The Taylors were equally excited, lining up outside the animal shelter at 5:30 in the morning.
"We woke up super early to be here to make sure we were one of the first ones to sign up for the adoptions and Max talked about how much he had a connection with the dog and we knew it was important," Taylor's fiance Vanessa Hernandez said.
The family already has a dog, but after playing with Chipette for a while they knew she would be a perfect fit.
"I felt a connection with the dog and I felt like it was a good fit for our family, we have another dog and it felt special to me and i felt we needed to bring her into my home," Taylor said.
Officer Taylor says Chipette has to receive her shots and get micro-chipped before they can bring her home next Tuesday.
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(Kern Golden Empire - July 21, 2017)