UPS Driver Stops Deliveries To Save Puppy That Was Tossed From A Car

The dog was taken to animal services, where he will likely be put up for adoption.

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Jason Harcrow and the dog he rescued while on his route. Via Hughson Police Services/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

United Parcel Service (UPS) drivers have a certain number of deliveries to make daily. Each delivery is a stop on their route, filling up their day. They make one stop after another, and the addition of numerous afternoon pickups and time quotas adds to their stress. But there are times when their routes are disturbed by an unforeseen cause.

Such as dogs. Which is exactly what happened to one UPS driver in California.

Jason Harcrow, 39, was on his route Tuesday near Hughson, California, around 3 p.m. when he saw a farm truck speed off and a small dog left behind.

“I’m rolling up and I see it pull away in the dirt, going pretty fast, and the little dog is chasing it down the yellow line,” Harcrow told The Modesto Bee.

Jason Harcrow stopped his route to help a dog in need. Via Hughson Police Services/Facebook

Jason Harcrow stopped his route to help a dog in need. Via Hughson Police Services/Facebook

A motorist stopped and told Harcrow that the driver of the farm truck had opened the door and tossed the dog out. Fearing the dog wouldn’t make it through traffic, the 16-year UPS veteran began to pull over. A car on the opposite side of the street startled the dog and he darted underneath Harcrow’s truck. Harcrow told The Modesto Bee that he could see the pup in his side mirrors going back and forth under the truck. He was able to come to a full stop without the dog getting hurt. He told the news outlet that he tried to lure the dog out with doggy treats (a standard in many UPS drivers’ trucks to get or divert a dog’s attention).

“It was being stubborn for a while (staying out of reach). … I tried to grab him and he was kind of playing with me. I didn’t want to get down on all fours, so I was just kind of swiping for him,” Harcrow said, according to the news outlet.

The Cairn Terrier will be up for adoption if his owner isn't found. Via Hughson Police Services/Facebook

The Cairn Terrier will be up for adoption if his owner isn’t found. Via Hughson Police Services/Facebook

After finally getting a hold of the dog, Harcrow put him in the back of his truck and called Stanislaus County Animal Services. Even though he was told an officer would be there to get the dog, Harcrow couldn’t stop working to wait. So the dog became what may be the first canine UPS helper.

The Modesto Bee reports that Harcrow did take the dog to the Hughson police substation, where animal services came to pick him up. The officers didn’t get his name, as Harcrow had to get back to work.

“[T]he dog wasn’t part of his route,” Sgt. Juan Alanis told the news outlet.

Later, Hughson Police Services posted about the Cairn Terrier on its Facebook page, stating that “the puppy is in great spirits and will most likely be up for adoption at Stanislaus County Animal Shelter.”

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If the dog’s owners do not claim him, he will be neutered on Monday and available for adoption on Tuesday morning for $90, The Modesto Bee reports.

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