Paramedic starts fundraiser for K-9 Luna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- “Well, transporting a dog is very different than a human, but it’s not that different,” said Adrienne Taylor, South Bend paramedic. “The dogs are not a human they can’t tell you how they feel, they can’t say those things.”

Adrienne Taylor was one of the paramedics called to action on October 13th after a shootout on Lilac road. Taylor says she was at the hospital about to finish her shift when she got the call that a canine had been shot.

“There was like no hesitation, it was of course, I’ll do it,” said Taylor.   

Taylor transported K-9 Luna from the Roseland Animal Hospital to the North Central Veterinary Emergency Center where she had to undergo emergency surgery. Taylor explains her appreciation for animals is because of their selfless love 

“She didn’t think of the repercussions of being shot, she just did it, and that’s one of the cool things about animals,” said Taylor.  

K9 Luna joined the St. Joseph County Police Department in January of 2020 and has been in several dangerous situations. Adrienne has started a fundraiser called Luna Strong to show appreciation for Luna and her handler.

“I think that’s what people, maybe fail to realize. It’s a small token of appreciation, kind of going out to those officers that put themselves in the line of duty every day. They’re never guaranteed to come home,” said Taylor.   

On the Luna Strong Facebook page, you will find t-shirt sales where 100% of the proceeds go to Luna and her handler.

“Knowing that she was shot, they’re just like a child to them,” said Taylor.

The Facebook page for Luna can be found here.  

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