Former marine Matt Zarrella adopts dogs from various shelters and pounds that are bound for euthanasia. The Sergeant’s colleagues say that he has been found to have a deep devotion towards dogs and has a supernatural connection with the pooches.
His first coordinated rescue was when his pet dog, a 130-pound Swiss Alpine named Hannibal, rescued a teen boy who was wedged in between rocks on a Rhode Island hillside. What followed is a two-decade career to search, rescue, and train dogs. The dog also made it to the force as Rhode Island’s first K-9 officer.
Zarrella is the state Police’s own dog whisperer who had already saved other dogs from euthanasia including Maximus, a German Shepherd, and Ruby, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix.