Lanier has a soft spot for animals — a side of the police chief that most criminals will never see. She has a history of rescuing shelter dogs and currently has five of them, including a blind, deaf white Aussie.
The latest one to enter her heart: Watson, an 8-year-old border collie with a rare birth defect who now calls the Washington Animal Rescue League home.
“When they told me he was 8 years old and somebody decided to put him out or surrender him after eight years it was just so heartbreaking,” Lanier said.
Lanier can’t rescue Watson herself because it would be unsafe for him to be around her larger dogs, so she visits him at the Washington Animal Rescue League’s shelter. She even keeps a picture of Watson on her computer, in the hopes that someone who sees him will take him home. For information on how to do that, go here.