‘Bella’s home!’ NJ cops drive 650 miles to reunite dog with SC owner

Patrolman Frank Kuhl and Bella take a break on Bella’s 650-mile ride home to Myrtle Beach.
Patrolman Frank Kuhl and Bella take a break on Bella’s 650-mile ride home to Myrtle Beach.

Two police officers have driven 650 miles from New Jersey to South Carolina to reunite a dog with its owner.

Wall Township Patrolman Frank Kuhl last month responded to a call from a man from Myrtle Beach in a disabled vehicle who needed medical attention. The man also had a basset hound named Bella.

Kuhl took the dog to the Monmouth County Humane Society, which could only hold Bella for seven days before placing her up for adoption.

Kuhl promised the man that he would make sure Bella got back to his family.

“It pulled on my heartstrings a little bit,” Kuhl told CBSNewYork.com. “I have two dogs at home, and I got a vibe that this guy feels the same way about dogs that I do.”

So, when Bella’s other owner couldn’t make the trip to New Jersey, the patrolman made arrangements to keep the dog with his family for two weeks after her weeklong stay at the Humane Society.

“My whole family pitched in a lot during that time,” Kuhl told the TV station. “Bella got along great with everyone.”

Last week, Kuhl went 650 miles further – driving Bella all the way to Myrtle Beach so she could be reunited with her family. Another Wall Township patrolman, Michael Tancredi, heard what Kuhl planned and volunteered to make the trip with him.

“As soon as (the co-owner) opened the door, she was so excited,” Kuhl told the TV station. “She was calling to all her other dogs: ‘Bella’s home!’ ‘Bella’s home!’ ”

Despite the long drive, Kuhl said it was the only answer to the situation.

“It seemed like the right thing to do, the only thing to do,” he told the Wall Patch website. “I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if her family hadn’t gotten her back.”