A young coyote that was badly injured after being hit by a vehicle in Goodyear on June 15 is recovering after undergoing surgery to repair both hind legs, which were broken in the collision.
Goodyear Police Officer Hawkins Mann found the injured 12-week-old pup and used blankets to move him out of the roadway and keep him comfortable until a representative from Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Fountain Hills could pick him up, GPD Public Information Officer Lisa Berry said via email.
A few days after the rescue, GPD posted a photo on its Facebook page showing the injured tyke resting quietly on blue blankets.
“This little guy needed help and Officer Mann was there to render aid ... We are proud to serve all members of our community with compassion,” the post said. It generated more than 1,200 likes, 116 comments and 84 shares.
“That right there melts my heart like a popsicle on the Fourth of July,” Maria De Jesus Reyes commented on the post. “Thank you! Only way I like people as much as I do animals, when they show what their heart is made of.”
Other commenters also had positive things to say.
“Not surprising, but wonderful,” Alan Petsche commented. “I am proud of our Goodyear Police Department; professional and every single officer I have met has a good heart.”
“Awww poor baby. I’m so glad he was rescued,” Cynthia Ramming commented. “Hope he recovers soon and released back to the wild in no time. Thank you, Officer Mann,”
Many commenters asked for updates on the coyote, and Ms. Berry was happy to oblige.
“He has since had surgery to fix his broken legs and is on his way to recovery,” she wrote in an email Wednesday, July 1, attaching a photo of the coyote after surgery. “We are thankful for the work that the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center does to help wildlife in need.”