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Police Officers Take Care of Dog Owned by Victim Who Passed Away after Walmart Shooting

Dayna Remus
Jul 26, 2021
12:15 A.M.
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A catastrophic shooting left the community of Springfield, Missouri, in deep shock and collective trauma. However, one adorable dog managed to alleviate their searing pain.

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Following a shooting at a Walmart, local Springfield officers found and took care of a dog, Zeke, stuck in a car. The vehicle belonged to one of the now-passed away victims, Tanner L. Stichka.

A man in a van in front of the retail chain fatally shot the 33-year-old Stichka. Nearly two hours after the incident, Springfield's local law enforcement received a call about the lone animal.

Two police officers sitting in the car with a Husky named Zeke. | Source: facebook.com/SGFPolice

Two police officers sitting in the car with a Husky named Zeke. | Source: facebook.com/SGFPolice

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According to the Springfield Police Department's Facebook post, the concerned caller explained that Zeke was found in a hot vehicle. Part of this post read:

"When officers arrived, the door was unlocked and they were able to remove him and transport him to a local vet."

The Department stated that Victoria Myers, one of the local police officers, kept the dog company until nighttime. This was because the lonely pet could only be admitted during later hours.

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While at the veterinarian, they explained, a good-hearted individual provided money to support the beautiful Husky. The Department stated that two policemen took him to his usual vet the next day.

A video was shared...of a shivering armadillo when an individual decided to light a fire to help it beat the cold.

There, their post expressed, is where his family would be collecting Zeke. They excitedly informed those reading the post that the dog is healthy and expressed gratitude for the community's support.

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One community member Teri Huddleston-Wolfe expressed a sigh of relief. They stated that they were at a restaurant where the vehicle was nearby and was filled with anxiety over the situation.

Many other individuals following this post echoed this sentiment of eventual and welcomed ease over the incident. A lot of them expressed their utmost appreciation for the local police.

Facebook user commenting on a post by the Springfield, MO Police Department. | Source: facebook.com/SGFPolice

Facebook user commenting on a post by the Springfield, MO Police Department. | Source: facebook.com/SGFPolice

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However, those who exuded the most gratitude in the comment section was the family of the now now-deceased Stichka. Rich Stichka wrote:

"We, Tanner's family can't thank the men and women of the Springfield dept. for all they have done and continue to do for us."

They stated that Zeke is and always will be a family member. Talking to the Springfield community, they encouraged everyone to consider how proud they should be of their police force.

Facebook user commenting on a post by the Springfield, MO Police Department. | Source: facebook.com/SGFPolice

Facebook user commenting on a post by the Springfield, MO Police Department. | Source: facebook.com/SGFPolice

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The rescue of Zeke reveals people's deep love for animals, from domestic pets to even wild ones. The compassion for Stichka's husky was mirrored when a man tried to warm up a freezing Armadillo.

A video was shared on Reddit of a shivering armadillo when an individual decided to light a fire to help it beat the cold. Just as one user commented, these instances restore one's faith in humanity.

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