Two members of the Arkansas City Police Department are being credited with saving the life of a dog outside of a business.
Sergeant Jason Legleiter and Officer Wade Hammond were at the Walmart on North Summit for a shoplifting case on Friday when a store employee saw a dog hanging by his leash outside of a truck. Authorities say that the dog had essentially hung himself. The dog was hanging motionless and appeared to be deceased.
Sergeant Legleiter used his patrol duty knife to cut the dog down.
Officer Hammond began tending to the dog’s care as the dog lay on the ground and was unresponsive. Officer Hammond helped the dog breathe by removing the constricting collar and applying pressure intermittently to the dog’s side.
After several minutes had passed, the dog became more and more responsive and showed signs of life little by little. Eventually, the dog appeared to have fully recovered from the incident and was able to stand under his own power.
Authorities say that prosecutors have yet to decide if charges will be filed against the pet’s owner.