A dog was tied to the back of a semi-truck in Ash Fork, Arizona when a "volunteer in patrol," or VIP, with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office noticed and rushed to stop the driver.
They were both leaving the gas station parking lot when the VIP saw the dog trying to run and keep up with the moving truck. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office posted the details of the incident:
"In the video, one of our VIPS was leaving a parking lot after a quick drink break to assist a deputy when he came across a tractor trailer pulling out of a gas station parking lot with a dog attached to the trailer bumper. The driver was heading to the interstate. He quickly activated his lights and siren to alert the driver who stopped and was notified about the dog in tow.
A very grateful owner retrieved his pet and expressed deep appreciation for the VIP’s efforts. Patrol VIPs act only as eyes and hears when they are in the field, but this exception to use lights and siren to save this dog from injury or death has been deemed warranted by YCSO Command Staff. The driver was simply distracted and headed towards the interstate forgetting to unleash his dog."
The Sheriff's Office also added that no charges against the truck driver would be sought.
"Volunteers In Protection (VIP’s) are one of the most visible parts of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office," the website says. "These dedicated volunteers bring their own personal talents to the service of all of us here in Yavapai County. They provide valuable support to the various Sections within the Sheriff’s Office and have become an integral part of day-to-day operations."
Thankfully, the dog was not injured.