Cop Shares Umbrella With Stray Dogs During Heavy Rainstorm

Over the past few days, heavy rains have flooded the streets of Kolkata, India, leaving humans and animals searching for a safe place in the storm. So it seemed only natural to Constable Tarun Kumar Mandal that he should help out those in need.

Last Saturday, Mandal was monitoring traffic at a busy seven-way crossing when he received some unexpected company. Two wet stray dogs spotted him standing in the middle of the street and flocked to him.


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The compassionate cop offered the two dogs shelter under his large umbrella and continued directing traffic.

A passerby snapped a photo of the small act of kindness and shared it on social media, touching people from around the world. And the look on the dogs’ faces says it all:


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With an estimated 35 to 40 million stray dogs in India — one of the highest populations in the world — there’s a long way to go to help these animals. But the Kolkata police try to step in wherever they can when there’s a dog in need of rescue or just a place to rest.

And for the two grateful street dogs, the moment of respite meant the world.

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