How do you find love? Well, in the case of one cop, Officer Marcus Montgomery, you meet your newest love affair at work. Officer Montgomery was investigating a crime in Fort Walton, Florida, and had to visit a shelter. While there, he saw a puppy too cute to pass up: Kylo, a dog that had been found abandoned the night before. Montgomery took the little puppy home after a quick round of paperwork.
Fort Walton Beach Police Department’s own Officer Montgomery was just doing his job on Jan. 26. He went down to the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) center in Florida’s Fort Walton as part of an investigation of a former employee at the shelter. It could have been a very routine day. And yet, as fate would have it, Officer Montgomery was about to have a big break in the case – because no one can work while snuggling.
“As I began to wrap up my conversation with [the director, Dee Thompson], the supervisor came back into the office with Kylo in her hand,” Montgomery recalled. “As soon as I saw him, I said ‘don’t bring him in here or else I will take him home right now.’”
Thank goodness Thompson didn’t follow protocol. Thompson let Montgomery hold the little ball of fluff, and within a few precious seconds, Montgomery was both an officer down and giddily happy about the entire situation.
“When I held him close, he bumped his nose next to mine and licked it. I knew right then that I needed to get him.”
The director told the officer about how the little puppy had been discovered all alone in a box behind the building. So, even though the officer was trained to handle incredibly tough situations, Montgomery couldn’t handle the image of the tiny pup’s ordeal.
“During that time, we were achieving 30 and below weather, so just thinking about him out there all alone, probably so confused, broke my heart,” he said. “I’ve heard him whine and cry, and just imagining him in that box by himself, tugged at my heart terribly.”
The whole scenario for the puppy reminded him of another dog: his very own pit bull at home, Vadar.
“Our pit bull Vader was [at a shelter] for over a year, with so many folks looking past him. When we originally saw him, he was so depressed,” Montgomery said in a recent interview with BuzzFeed. “We knew Kylo, even at his age, people would just look past him and not want to deal with the responsibility that comes with a dog like him.”
After checking with his girlfriend, Montgomery decided to take the pup home. Since the puppy is still too young to be adopted, fostering was the only option for now. Montgomery chose the name Kylo for the tiny vagabond so that Kylo could fit into the Star Wars theme at home. With one Kylo and one Vader, one can only imagine how cute their battles of tug of war will be.
To commemorate the moment, the director took a picture of the pair and posted it to the PAWS website.
Officer Montgomery couldn’t be any happier.
“I hope Kylo’s story teaches people to look into their local animal shelters and give these abandoned dogs a new lease on life,” he said. “Don’t let them go forgotten in the black hole of a shelter. Just let them know they can be loved again.”
They certainly can.