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Westland police rescue dog from storm basin, buy gifts for child who found dog

Jordan Powell, 13, found dog

Westland police bought gifts for a boy and his sister after the 13-year-old found a dog in a storm basin. (WDIV)

WESTLAND, Mich. – Westland police officers rescued a dog from a storm basin on Dec. 9 and bought gifts for a boy who found the dog, as well as for his sister.

Police received a call about a dog that was in a storm basin near railroad tracks at Henry Ruff and Annapolis streets. Jordan Powell, 13, found the dog while he was walking his dog.

Officer Halaas lowered himself into the muddy basin and interacted with the dog before lifting him out of the basin. While Halaas was saving the dog, Officer Bristol learned that Jordan's bike had recently been stolen.

After speaking with Jordan and his mother, Bristol met them at the police station while Halaas was out on police runs. Bristol gave Jordan a skateboard purchased for him by Halaas. He also gave Jordan and his sister Alyssa sleds that were donated from a Stuff a SWAT Truck event.

Afterward, Bristol took Jordan and Alyssa to Meijer, where he helped Jordan pick out a new bike, a light for the bike and a new bike lock. Alyssa also picked out some gifts, which were paid for by the Westland Police Community Partnership Fund. 

The dog, a black-and-white pit bull mix with no tags, was taken to the Westland Humane Society. She has not yet been claimed by her owners. The Humane Society can be reached at 734-721-7300.


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