Cop saves Cujo E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There’s definitely a children’s book in this. Residents of La Porte, Texas are calling Police Officer Kyle Jones a hero. Why? He stopped traffic on a local highway in order to save a small, lost dog. Cujo, a rat terrier, escaped his yard one morning and the owners, the Zapalac family frantically searched for the animal everywhere.

Extended family members, friends and neighbors were called in on the search but to no avail.

The ironically named Cujo somehow made his way to a local highway and was about to be crushed on the busy freeway when Jones spotted him.

The choice was between inconvenienced motorists and a family losing their little buddy.

Jones decided he was going to shut down the freeway when he realized the dog would die.

“He’s not going to make it if I don’t do something. When I saw it and saw the size of it, I immediately hit my lights and shut all the lanes off. You know how Chihuahuas are. You’re not really sure if you can trust ‘em or not. But he kind of looked at me and said, ‘Man, I’m glad you’re here.’ He let me pick him right up. Stuck him in the back seat of the patrol car,” Jones said.

Jones took a grateful Cujo to an animal control officer who contacted the owners.

Don and Diwanna Zapalac have since written a letter thanking Officer Jones.

“He said an officer had seen him in the middle of Spencer Hwy. And the officer had stopped traffic to help our little guy! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this wonderful, caring officer and his kind deed! It is a wonderful feeling to know we have people like him looking out for us,” the letter reads.

The family said Cujo is resting and being a normal dog, entirely thanks to the big-hearted cop who saved his life.


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