Earl Campbell had been a police officer in Ocean Beach, Florida for years when he realized his partner, Charlie, was suffering, in chronic pain and unable to continue working. He alerted higher-ups, but was told Charlie couldn’t retire or take time off until he jumped through several hoops.
Charlie couldn’t speak up for himself, because Charlie is a dog. A K-9 officer who’d been injured in the line of duty several years earlier. His injuries had slowly gotten worse, and his hind legs were barely working. Earl asked for help for his dog and says he encountered roadblock after roadblock.
So in the end, the Ocean Beach police department lost two good cops: one with fur, and one with – well, no fur.
Earl decided to quit the force — and took his dog with him. Now they’re both regular citizens — a man and his dog, and they like it that way.
Originally posted here: Hero Cop Would Rather Have a Pet Than a Partner | The Stir.