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Dog abandoned in vacant home gets second chance with Struthers Police Officer

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A Struthers Police Officer brought home man's best friend on Thursday, after several weeks of waiting to adopt him. 

Officer James Ritter was on duty several weeks ago when police were dispatched to a home on Prospect Street. 

Neighbors had called in saying that there several animals that had been abandoned. 

Officer Ritter says when they got to the home they found three dogs staring out the window. 

Ritter says they walked around the home and found the back door open. When they walked into the house, Ritter says they found no food, no water, nothing to sustain the animals, and the living conditions were deplorable. 

Police called in the Humane Society, who were able to take the dogs. 

But Officer Ritter says he looked at the smallest of the three and just felt that he had to do more to help him. Ritter said he told the Humane Agents that if everything worked out, he wanted to be considered as a possible new owner for the dog. 

Several weeks later, no family had turned up to claim the animals, and Ritter was able to officially sign the adoption papers. 

On Thursday, three-year-old Moose was able to go home with Ritter. 

In a social media post on the Ohio Going Blue page, Officer Ritter said, "Now he never has to worry about being abandoned again."

"He's awesome and I'm gonna make sure he has a great life going forward," the post continued.

Ritter said that both of the other dogs found in the home with Moose have been adopted by other families. 

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