A chance meeting leads to the adoption of a dog

Everett Animal Control Officer Stacia Gorgon and her newly adopted dog, Baxter.Everett Animal Control

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of happenings and non-happenings, most of which never make the news. Here’s a sampling of lesser-known — but no less notable — incidents from police logbooks (aka blotters) in our suburbs.


Stacia Gorgon is the animal control officer for the city of Everett, and in February, she took in an injured pit bull. “I can’t even explain it…it was a crazy series of events that brought me to the dog,” she said. “It was like a miracle.” While on a road trip to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Florida, she had a chance encounter with a couple from Massachusetts (Dorchester and South Boston to be exact) at a gas station in Georgia. The couple were driving to Miami where they live, noticed the Everett Police Department sticker on Gorgon’s car and told him they had rescued a pit bull who was in bad shape. Gorgon said the dog had a fractured leg after being hit by a car and was suffering from a skin condition. She said Big Dog Ranch Rescue provided veterinary care for the injured pup and she ended up keeping him and naming him Baxter. “I officially adopted him,” she said. “He’s the sweetest… I love him.” Gorgon said she hopes to train Baxter to become a therapy dog ​​for the police department. “I feel like everything happens for a reason,” she said. “He was supposed to be with me.”


At 10:24 a.m. on April 12, police and EMS responded after a locomotive engineer was hit by a BB gun bullet in Wareham. P. Christopher Podgurski, president and chief operating officer of Mass Coastal Railroad, said the freight train was traveling south at 20 miles per hour when the locomotive engineer was hit in the arm by the BB pellet. He was treated at Tobey Hospital and released. Wareham officers, along with Plymouth County and State Police K-9 teams, searched the area thoroughly, but no charges were filed Monday. “The investigation is ongoing to determine whether the incident was intentional or accidental,” police said in a statement. Podgurski said he doubted the locomotive engineer had been hit by an errant pellet, and it was more likely that “hitting a guy in a moving locomotive…was a well thought out plan”. Podgurski said the end result could have been much worse. “It’s a very serious matter for railway workers when this kind of thing happens,” he said. “We’re very lucky it only hit him in the arm and he didn’t [him in] an eye.”


At 8:11 a.m. on March 28, hingham police received a call about a loose chicken and pig at Black Rock Country Club. According to the log entry, the pig was “friendly” and had been seen on the property before. The animal control officer reported that the owners lived in a house near the entrance to Black Rock, and the chicken and pig were back in their yard where they belonged.

Emily Sweeney can be contacted at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.

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