Helpful Massachusetts Cop Comes To Skunk's Rescue, Gets A ‘Stinky’ Reward

Officer Dan McGinty's good deed led to “multiple showers,” according to police.

August 30, 2019
Officer Dan McGinty and skunk [Cambridge Police Department/screenshot]

Photo by: Officer Dan McGinty and skunk [Cambridge Police Department/screenshot]

Officer Dan McGinty and skunk [Cambridge Police Department/screenshot]

By: Mike McPadden

A cop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who came to the assistance of a skunk with a cup stuck on its head, got sprayed as thanks for his kind gesture, according to authorities.

The stink-and-rescue mission reportedly involved Officer Dan McGinty and an upset skunk he came across at a local park on August 19.

The following day, the Cambridge Police Department posted a Facebook video of Officer McGinty's encounter. An accompanying caption detailed how McGinty responded to reports of a skunk walking in circles with a yogurt cup stuck on its head.

The post stated: "McGinty heroically stepped up and attempted to successfully pull off the cup without any consequences. While we are happy to report that the skunk was freed and uninjured, Officer McGinty's good deed led to a stinky punishment (and multiple showers). Special shout out to our fleet maintenance crew, too, as they had to tackle the de-skunking of Officer McGinty's vehicle."

The skunk's whereabouts at present — and perhaps happily for Officer McGinty — are unknown.

Next Up

'Job Well Done!' Hero Dog Rescues Missing Kids, Gets Ice Cream Reward

K9 Unit deputy Bane sniffed out two lost eight-year-olds and led them back to safety.

Cops Say Good Samaritan Rescued Woman From Attempted Sex Assault Alongside NJ Highway

While confronting the suspect, the heroic motorist said he thought, “It’s either going to be him or me—and it’s not going to be me!”

Cops Say Woman Rescued Herself & 3 Sons From Kidnapper With “Please Call 911” Note

Authorities say the ploy worked and that William Jamal Wilksinson has been arrested on multiple charges, including unlawful imprisonment.

What's Coming to discovery+ This January?

This January streaming exlusively on discovery+, American Detective: With Lt. Joe Kenda, Onision: In Real Life, JonBenet Ramsey: What Really Happened and more!

What's Coming to discovery+ in February?

This February streaming exlusively on discovery+, Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard, If I Can't Have You: The Jodi Arias Story, The Chameleon Killer and more!

Texans Vote To Allow Cops To Adopt Police Dogs, Horses

Proposition 10 permits police officers to continue caring for their partners in crime after the animals are retired.

Texas Cops Rescue 4 Abused Children: 2 Smeared With Waste; 2 Locked In Dog Cage

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said that this case is the worst instance of child abuse during his 44-year career in law enforcement.

'Get 'Em Santa!' Undercover Cops Dressed As Santa, Elf Capture Car Thieves In California

This holiday season may not be so merry and bright for the three suspects.

New Fugitive Added To FBI Top 10 Most Wanted, Up To $1 Million Reward

The FBI says Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez has ties to Monterrey, Mexico and Mexico City, Mexico and could allegedly be linked to more than 10 murders in Mexico. He stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds and is considered armed and extremely dangerous.