A Police Officer Adopts a Brutally Beaten German Shepherd He Saved on the Side of the Road


On August 23, 2023, a German Shepherd puppy was rescued from the roadside in York County, Pennsylvania. The poor pup was found beaten nearly to death, with multiple fractures, and was severely malnourished. The pooch was rushed to the Mason Dixon Animal Emergency Hospital, where he was treated immensely and was able to recover, despite his serious injuries.

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“We were all very heartbroken, of course, when we saw and heard what was going on, and we all went into his cage and tried to give him as much love as possible,” vet tech Lindsay Copenhaver told FOX 43.

The lucky dog was given the new name Chance due to his second chance at life. Investigators searched for the assailant but to no avail, and whereabouts were unknown.

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Officer Matthew Tamanosky of the York City Police Department was the first officer who found Chance on the scene and was very heartbroken by what he had witnessed.

“Seeing how a terrible human being could just beat a poor, four or five-month-old little animal, leave him there to die, unconscious, lying on the ground, it’s just something that strikes a chord with you,” Officer Tamanosky said in an interview with FOX 43.

While still recuperating, Chance was transferred to the York County SPCA and continued his recovery. “Chance is showing great signs of improvement,” they captioned on Facebook. “His swelling is coming down, and our team is working on his weight gain and rehabilitation. Only time will tell what lasting challenges he may have from the trauma he endured.”

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The shocking news of Chance’s story reached out to many people in the community who rallied behind the fortunate pup. The shelter has since received hundreds of applications to adopt him. Among all the names in the queue, only one name stood out: Officer Matthew Tamanosky. Chance’s rescuer signed up to adopt him and wanted to give the pooch a forever home. SPCA agreed that Chance could finally have his happy ending with the warm-hearted officer.

“He was the one who got Chance out of that situation, and we operate on a first-come, first-served basis when it comes to adoption—he was the first one on the scene, so clearly, Chance should be going home with him,” said Steven Martinez, executive director of the York County SPCA.

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“Chance couldn’t be happier,” Steven said in an interview with ABC 27. “He loves his toys, he loves to play, and now he is just a normal 6-month-old German Shepherd puppy.” Chance has recovered and is now settling in his forever home.

“We’re definitely going to give him the life he deserves—lots of treats, make him a good boy, a good part of the Tamanosky family,” Officer Tamanosky told FOX 43 during an interview.

The traumatic experience Chance has undergone is very heartbreaking. However, he has completely recovered from his grave injuries and now has a great family in a forever home! Thanks to the sympathetic Officer Tamanosky, who has adopted Chance and given him a second chance at life. The heartbreaking story of a pup who was brutally beaten has been updated, and Chance is getting an inspiring new beginning.

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