Firefighters must be prepared to handle all sorts of situations, and on Friday morning, Hutto Fire and Rescue encountered a first. When Chief Scott Kerwood went out to grab the newspaper, he noticed a crate sitting at their doorstep.
“I walk out to pick up the crate and move it, and about the time I walk out to move it from around the post, a little puppy walked out,” said Kerwood.
“We all walked out there to see what it was and it was this little guy in a recycling bin, with a sheet,” said firefighter Drew Neal. “Not sure how long he’d been there. He was shivering, looked pretty cold.”
No more than eight weeks old, firefighters aren’t sure who left the dog at their doorstep. But it didn’t take long for the small puppy to steal the hearts of the entire department. Almost instantly, Neal adopted the dog, naming it Chief, after Chief Kerwood.
“He said, ‘Oh I’m bringing you home a surprise’, and I said ‘thank you!’” said Neal’s wife Jennie. “And he said ‘we’ll see if you say thank you when I get home with it!’”
Chief and their 1-year-old son, Grady, had an instant connection.
“I believe everything happens for a reason,” said Neal. “They seem like they’ve already started to form that bond and that’s going to be real special over the years.”
“We deal with people generally at the worst time of their life and these guys are heroes in my book for the job they do,” said Kerwood. “To see that look on their face when they see a puppy like that is kind of heartwarming.”
While the puppy is getting a happy ending, abandoning animals is against the law. Hutto Police say anyone caught in the act could spend a year in jail, and face a $2,000 fine. If you are in a situation where you must give away your animal, authorities ask that you bring them to your local animal shelter, or contact animal control.