While on patrol on Sunday, Officer Nick Ague heard that two dogs had fled from the scene of a car accident.
“I heard other people say they saw a German shepherd running,” Ague told ABC News.com. ”Based on the location I could tell the dog was heading west.”
When Ague finally found the exhausted Mya two miles from the crash site, she refused to move. Running miles over hot asphalt had damaged and melted the pads of her feet so that they were hanging.
“When I realized that’s why she couldn’t walk, the only thing I could think to do was pick her up," Ague said.
A photo of Ague carrying the 75-pound dog was later posted to South Londonberry Police Department's Facebook page, where it has received more than 7,000 likes.
"South Londonderry Patrolman Nick Ague went the extra mile to make sure a dog made it back home," the post reads. "Our Department salutes his efforts."
The incident has since inspired the police department to start a K-9 program headed by Ague.
"The recent attention garnered from Patrolman Ague’s involvement in helping an injured dog resulted in an overwhelming response and support for a K-9 program in our community," the department said in a Facebook post Thursday.
"We believe the benefits and success of K-9 Units are well known and documented, and will improve the Police services that we are able to offer to residents and visitors in many ways."