Cop's Puppy Gift Lifts Spirits of Fire-Stricken North Carolina Family

Gift raises children out of depression


A Rowan County, N.C. police officer helped lift a family's spirits by giving them a new dog to replace their two family pets that died in a kitchen fire.

Leanne Pollard, who lost everything after her home caught fire on Sept. 30, told a bank teller that pit boxers Pumpkin and Bessy had also perished in the blaze. Word of mouth took it from there.


The officer who learned of the story knew one of his colleagues had a new litter of puppies. So he gave them a new bulldog, who the family named Thumper.

Pollard told WSOC that the act of kindness helped pull her children out of depression. "She's filling that void for us," Pollard said.

It was 8-year-old son Zane who first smelled smoke in the home and called for help. "I was just thinking about the house and my mom and dad, " he told the station.

Officer Kaiser, who was raising the litter of new puppies, said he couldn't imagine losing his dogs and wanted to help.

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