COPLEY, Ohio –¬†What started as an attempt to get rid of an unwanted dog turned into a touching adoption story.

A maintenance worker at an apartment complex in Copley, Ohio found the year-old dog in a dumpster and called police.

The dog’s owner, 22-year-old Diamond Ownes, told police she tried to break her dog’s neck before throwing her in the trash, WEWS-TV reports. She is now serving jail time for animal cruelty.

“She told our police officers that the dog had bitten her boyfriend a couple of times and needed to be euthanized,” police chief Mike Miller said.

But thankfully the story has a happy ending. According to police, the dog was taken to an animal hospital and is now in good health. Police officer Chris Santimarino adopted the dog, named Honey, just a few days later.

“She’s now part of our family,” said Santimarino.

Police officer adopts dog after owner tries to kill it

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