10/29/2013 01:16 pm ET

Tampa Police Officer Takes Injured Motorist's Dog On 'Ride-A-Long' (PHOTO)

An animal-loving police officer in Tampa, Fla., couldn't bear to leave behind a dog whose owner had just been in an accident.

While Tampa Fire Rescue rescued a motorist and helped transport him to the hospital on Saturday, Officer Erica Collum loaded the accompanying dog into her patrol car and took her on a "ride-a-long" until arrangements could be made, Tampa Police Department reported on Facebook.

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Collum told The Huffington Post in an email that the dog's name is Blondie, and that the 2-year-old German Shepherd was eventually picked up by Hillsborough County Animal Control Services for a temporary stay. An out-of-state family member was also contacted and showed interest in taking care of Blondie if her owner needed assistance.

"Blondie left with one of her favorite toys," Collum said. "I'm sure she is currently being well taken care of until her family can come pick her up."

Andrea Davis, the police department spokesperson who posted the picture of Blondie in Collum's car to Facebook, told HuffPost that Collum's actions didn't surprise her.

"If you're an animal lover, it doesn't matter what you do for a living," Davis said. "You're gonna do what you can to help that dog."



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