BTBuzz: Neglected pup finds forever home with Laguna Beach police officer


While executing a search warrant in San Bernadino on June 11, Laguna Beach detectives found a cute and cuddly surprise. After arresting two suspects, a frightened German shepherd puppy was spotted in the backyard of the house. With an injured paw and in need of food, the poor pooch was in bad shape.

Luckily, his friends at the Laguna Beach Police Department were able to find him a foster home shortly after he was rescued. Laguna Det. David Gensemer suggested naming the puppy Gordon as a tribute to Officer Gordon French, a Laguna officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1953. Sgt. David McGill liked the idea, but shortened the name to “Gordo.”

It was decided Gordo would be fostered by Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Group, but that didn’t last long.

After sending a photo to his family to get their approval, McGill filled out the appropriate adoption paperwork with the rescue group. Two days later, on Father’s Day, the entire family drove to Hermosa Beach to bring Gordo home.

McGill is happy to report 9-week-old Gordo is adjusting well to his new family and his playmate Stan, a 9-year-old rat terrier mix.

“He’s doing great. He’s got some puppy behavior. He ate all the peppers off the plant in the backyard. Apparently he likes spicy food,” McGill told the Daily Pilot.