Spencer Solves It: HPD officer reunited with stray dog found while volunteering after Maria

HOUSTON – Chad Nichols is a proud, veteran Houston police officer.

He quit his job as an accountant and joined the force because he truly wanted to help care for the people of this city.

When monster Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico, it wiped out tens of thousands of homes. The storm left residents scrambling for survival. Nichols was one of 26 Houston police officers who bravely volunteered to go to there to help.

“I just saw it as an opportunity to kind of give back to what we received and it was basically just a disaster-relief effort,” Nichols said.

While in Puerto Rico, Nichols fell in love with a beautiful brown-eyed girl who had lost her family in the hurricane.

The girl is a 2-year-old shepherd-beagle mix.

Chad named her Maria. She was starving and alone.

“There were literally thousands of dogs running around," Nichols said. "It’s heart-breaking. It really is. She was just too good of a dog to leave behind.”