When a police officer on duty in Texarkana, Texas received the call about a “vicious” pit bull on the loose, he was full of dread. Fully prepared to have to deal with a dangerous dog, what he found instead made his day.
When Officer Travis Frost received the “vicious dog” call, he quickly responded to the scene. Upon pulling up to the address, he saw a large pit bull lying on the front porch of a house.
Watching the dog, he slowly exited his vehicle, leaving the door open in case the vicious dog should charge at him. He whistled to the dog and that’s when the pitty made his move toward the officer.
The pitty jumped up, tail happily wagging. He headed straight for Officer Frost. The officer greeted the dog, petting him for a while, giving him some friendly attention. What happened next though, was just so sweet.
The handsome pit bull then walked over to the open door of the patrol car and jumped inside and made himself at home. Officer Frost took some pictures of the handsome pitty enjoying the cruiser while waiting for animal control officers to arrive.
Officer Frost said in a Facebook post, “Pit bulls have a bit of a bad reputation. While you should always be careful around any dog that you don’t know, you shouldn’t automatically assume that all pit bulls are bad dogs. They might be really loving like this guy was this morning.”
Thankfully, on that day, Officer Frost was able to “protect and serve” the sweet pit bull. The dog, whose name turned out to be Gold. Gold was reunited with his owners, safe and sound. The pictures of the dog’s time in “police custody” are a bunch of fun to see.
There is a moral to this story, which is: always keep your dog’s tags and microchip information up to date. The department’s Facebook post read:
“GREAT NEWS!!! We just learned that Gold, the dog we encountered yesterday, was picked up this morning by his owner at the Animal Care & Adoption Center, Texarkana, USA. It was discovered that he had an implanted chip, but the owner's contact information had not been updated in the system. Had that information been current, it would have been possible for the Animal Control officer to immediately scan the chip and contact the owner yesterday. That would have saved Gold a trip to the Shelter and overnight accommodations there. If you have a chip for your dog but are not sure that the information on file is still current, please take a moment to call the company today to update.
Several people have pointed out that Gold is not actually a Pit Bull, but rather an American Bully. While I can tell the difference between a Chihuahua and a Great Dane, I don't always know all of the nuances that would allow me to distinguish between breeds that are much closer together. Please forgive my error. I assure you that it was not intentional.
Well, this didn’t go quite like we thought it would.
After we got a vicious dog call this morning, Officer Travis Frost spotted the dog laying on someone’s front porch there. Travis said that he left the door of his patrol unit open so he could quickly jump back in if the dog was vicious and came after him. He whistled at the dog, who then came trotting over to him with his tail wagging. After Travis pet the dog for a minute, he went right up to the patrol unit, jumped in the front seat, and just made himself at home. Travis said they just hung out together and took some pictures until an Animal Control Officer got there.
Pit Bulls have a bit of a bad reputation. Travis said that, while you should always be careful around any dog that you don’t know, you shouldn’t automatically assume that all pit bulls are bad dogs. They might be really loving like this guy was this morning.”
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