Officer helps rescue dog from abandoned home

LORAIN -- An unlikely discovery inside an abandoned home in Lorain may have saved a life Wednesday.

While crews were preparing a home for demolition at 1212 Industrial St., a worker discovered a small dog trapped inside a basement closet.

"When the worker got here, he heard a barking and growling coming from a closet," explained Lorain police officer Richard Broz, who was called to assist with the rescue.

"So he broke a hole in the top of it and looked down and saw a dog," he said.

The dog, described as a bulldog-pug mix, was left with no food, water or ventilation.

"Not even a blanket or anything for the dog ... he was lying on the bare floor," recalled Broz.

After some coaxing Broz says the very traumatized furry friend showed his more affectionate side.

"He was somebody's pet because once he finally realized that I wasn't going to hurt him, he really mellowed out," he said.

The dog is now being cared for at the Lorain County Kennel and will be available for adoption next week if no one claims him.

But just who put him there and why are questions Broz now plans to follow up on as this investigation continues.


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