Dozens Of K9 Officers Line Up To Visit Home Of Terminally Ill Girl Who Loves Dogs

A terminally ill 7 year-old girl from Wisconsin just got the surprise of her life last week when almost forty police departments and dozens of K9 dogs showed up at her house to pay her a visit.

Emma Mertens was diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma back in January. After learning that Emma loves dogs, local police officers and K9 officers decided to pay her a surprise visit.

“Today, just a few of us (roughly 40) stopped by to see Emma,” the Hartford Police Department posted on Facebook. “She had no idea we were coming so she was VERY excited. What an amazing and strong little girl. It was such a great morning.”

Emma has tried to maintain a positive attitude even in the wake of her grim diagnosis. After doctors told her that her brain tumor was inoperable, Emma asked if she could be given photos of dogs to cheer her up while she received treatment.

The Wisconsin Humane Society responded to this by asking social media users to send in “pup pics” for Emma in the comments section. Their post quickly went viral, with 180,000 comments and 21,000 likes coming in since February 27.


Emma’s family is incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to help their little girl feel better.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to organize and participate in this. Emma is still all smiles!” they said. “Over 35 different departments and many more K9s and officers.”

Please keep Emma and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

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