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Glen Rock, Hawthorne police rescue pit bull puppy during Route 208 drug stop

Photo Credit: Courtesy GLEN ROCK PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy GLEN ROCK PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Putting themselves at risk, police officers from Glen Rock and Hawthorne dashed across busy Route 208 to rescue a pit bull puppy who bolted from a car after a drug stop.

Members of the Glen Rock PD’s “B Squad” pulled over the car headed to upstate New York from Paterson for an equipment violation around 3 p.m., Detective Sgt. Eric Reamy told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Three men were inside.

“There was drug paraphernalia in plain sight, then officers found a deck of heroin,” Reamy said. “One of the three also had 35 or so more folds in his underwear.”

Officers Mike Trover, Robert Surdyka and Matt Stanislao were joined by Hawthorne colleagues Jim Geier and Mike Phillips as they waited for a Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 unit to sniff search the car, the sergeant said.

After about a half hour, the pit bull scampered out and bolted across the highway, he said.

While two officers kept an eye on the suspects, the others chased the frightened pooch — stopping traffic in either direction.

“Tire were screeching, the dog was running back and forth, then up the shoulder,” Reamy said.

“He couldn’t have been more than 12 weeks old,” he said. “Nobody wanted to see the little guy get hurt.”

The chase ended when one of the officers scooped up the pup after he tried ducking under a guard rail.

The three suspects were all charged and released pending further investigation.

Meanwhile, the skittish pooch was returned to his owner.

“He showed no signs of abuse or neglect, and was obviously well taken care of — aside from being brought to Paterson for a drug deal,” Reamy said. “So by rights we had to return him.

“Nothing we could do,” he added. “That’s the law.”

PHOTO: Courtesy GLEN ROCK PD

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