Author: Lt. Dan Fink
Date: December 23, 2015 3:00 PM

Crow #1730

In early November of 2015, Officer Phil Melodia, who is assigned to the SRPD Special Operations Unit, accidentally ran over a black crow with his police issued mountain bike.  Officer Melodia, a self-professed lover of animals, immediately got off his bike in order to render aid to the hurt crow.  A Good Samaritan in the area grabbed a box and Officer Melodia was able to rescue the crow.  Seeing that the crow had injuries but was breathing, they took the crow and drove to Wildcare (an animal rescue center) in San Rafael. 

Wildcare took custody of the crow, which they named Crow #1730.  The crow ended up with a compound fracture of his wing and had to be on anti-inflammatories and anti-biotics.  Over the next two months, the volunteers at Wildcare nurtured Crow #1730 back to health.  Officer Melodia checked back in with them from time to time, asking to visit his friend the Crow, but due to Wildcare policy of injured wild animals, he was unable to visit him during his recovery.  They did tell Officer Melodia that the hope was for Crow #1730 to be released back into the wild and if they got to that point, they would call him to watch the release.

Officer Melodia received an e-mail from Wildcare stating that on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Crow #1730 would be released back into the wild (presumably to spend Christmas with his family).  Officer Melodia met with the staff from Wildcare and watched Crow #1730 take his first steps out of his cage and take to flight with his newly repaired wing. 

The San Rafael Police Department would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Wildcare for taking a tragic situation and turning it into a truly happy holiday ending.  Please check out all Wildcare does for injured animals at  If you have any questions, please call Alison Hermance, WildCare Director of Communications, 415-806-8637


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Last Modified: December 23, 2015 6:11 EST (by Holm)

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