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Police Officer Pays Entire Veterinary Bill for Homeless Man’s Dog

When a homeless man was found panhandling in downtown Tampa for money to provide medical care for his dog, instead of arresting the man, a generous Tampa Police officer paid his entire veterinary bill.

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When Tampa Police officer Bart Wester spotted a homeless man with his dog asking passersby for money, he stopped to offer assistance. When he learned the man was trying to raise money to take his dog, Karma, to a veterinarian for medical care, he went above and beyond the call of duty.

“Instead of arresting the homeless man, Officer Wester put he and Karma in his police car and drove them to Vets4Pets. He then paid the entire veterinary bill,” the charitable animal hospital posted on Facebook.

Officer Wester has been with the Tampa Police Department for more than 10 years and has a history of going above and beyond to help citizens and dogs.

Officer Wester was humbled by the recognition he’s received since helping Karma and her homeless human dad. “I would like to thank the staff at Vets4Pets for their service to the community and for taking care of Karma. I would also like to say “thank you” for all the kind words…When I chose a career in law enforcement I never expected recognition for doing what is right. With sincere appreciation, I thank you,” he commented on the veterinary hospital’s Facebook post.

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