Police officers have prescribed methods on how to handle a myriad of situations but Miami Springs officers also figure in the human factor and, whenever necessary, the animal factor.
When Sgt. Danny Kelly recently responded to a man having a possible heart attack at a local hotel, the veteran officer did the human thing and the humane thing.
While Miami-Dade Rescue was preparing to transport the ailing man to a hospital, he told paramedics he wouldn’t go and leave his dog.
“The man was down on his luck and the only thing of value in his life was his dog,” said Kelly. “He might have died without treatment. But the dog couldn’t be left alone at the hotel, so I called Animal Control and they don’t board dogs. Then I called Jenny where I take my dogs and she said, bring the dog over.”
“It was a Saturday and Mr. Kelly called and explained the situation,” said Jenny De La Rosa, who with her husband Lazaro owns Jenny’s Pet Grooming on Westward Drive. “I told him I would board the pet.”
Kelly took the dog to Jenny and although she doesn’t provide boarding, she kept the mixed boxer named Karma for five weeks.
“We walked her, bathed her and fed her,” said Jenny. “It was a special situation.”
Kelly said the ailing man, Steve McKee, was in the hospital for two weeks and then he took an itinerant job with a crew passing our flyers in Fort Myers. There he suffered a leg injury and was hospitalized. The crew returned to South Florida without him and it took a while for McKee to get back to Miami Springs.
“I’m now between job opportunities,” said McKee, 43, who was once a long-distance truck driver. “I’m on disability and I’m looking for a job I can do. I hope to make enough money to move to the Philippines where it’s cheaper to live.”
McKee said he found malnourished Karma on the streets of Puerto Rico about eight months ago and nursed her back to health.
“If not for Sergeant Kelly, I wouldn’t have gone to the hospital,” said McKee. “That’s how much my dog means to me. And you don’t find people like Miss Jenny. She went way above and beyond.”
Lazaro said, “We just wanted to help out. You put yourself in that situation and hope that someone helps you.”
“My dogs are mutts but Jenny makes them look like a million dollars,” said Kelly. “What Jenny and Lazaro did is what makes Miami Springs the great community that it is. People like this are why we live here.”