Stray dog rescued from Swope Park by KCPD officers ready for adoption

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A stray pit bull mix is now up for adoption.

He was found in Swope Park, starving, thirsty and scared. An animal rescue worker happened to be driving by as police cautiously approached the dog, and he feared for the worst.

What happened next surprised him.

"They were actually trying to feed him their lunches and give him some of their water," Marlan Roberts, Pet Outreach Manager, explained. "He was so emaciated, thirsty also."

It took the officers 10 minutes to get the dog to trust them enough to give him some beef jerky. They calmed the scared dog, got him some food and the help he needed.

"My mom ran a Humane Society when I was growing up, and I spent a good deal of my childhood helping animals," Officer Jason Cote of the Kansas City Police Department said. "So I have a soft spot for hungry animals, thirsty animals and animals that've been dumped off."

Marlan named the dog Mr. Parks, because he was found in Swope Park. The dog is now up for adoption at the Missouri Pit Bull Rescue.

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