A Florida police dog has gotten the Presidential seal of approval. Sort of.
The sheriff’s office, on the other hand… isn’t exactly thrilled.
There’s a Florida police dog that became a viral Facebook meme this week because of its name.
Now the agency where the dog works might be facing a ban on naming K-9s after real people.
The meme shows an image of a patrol car that belongs to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that has a decal featuring K-9 Trump’s name and picture.
Next to it is the text “Atta boy, Trump! Making a difference.”
It was posted Wednesday on the Facebook page of Cop Humor, which is a self-described pro-cop conservative group.
Trump joined the sheriff’s office in March of last year, according to a spokesman for the department. We’re assuming he was officially endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, but we haven’t been able to confirm that.
Trump began patrol duty three months later. Much like President Trump, he has agreed not to accept a salary.
According to a statement from the agency, K-9 names are left to the discretion of their human partners. There’s currently no policy dictating how the dogs should be named, but that could change.
“We are aware that this is being shared on social media,” the statement said. “In the future, the Sheriff’s Office may consider directing deputies to avoid naming their K-9 partners after real people.”
The K-9 named Trump shouldn’t be confused with the dog named Donald Trump that was killed last month in Minnesota.
In case you missed that story, it circulated the web that a dog named Donald Trump was shot and killed over a political rivalry. That story sparked what police said were “violent threats” against some county residents.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the person who shot Donald Trump the dog was “legally protecting their livestock” on private property. They did not identify the shooter.
“Facts have been misrepresented on social media sites,” Sheriff Shawn Haken’s office said in a statement about the dog’s death. “Unfortunately, people are now posting multiple threats of violence towards citizens in the area and justifying the threats based on these inaccurate posts on social media.
The dog’s owner, 59-year-old Randal Thom of Lakefield, is a huge Trump supporter and has attended 46 of his rallies. President Trump actually signed Thom’s photo of the dog, an Alaskan Malmute, at one of those rallies. The dog was born in 2016, the same year Trump was elected, inspiring the name.
Shortly after the shooting death of the dog, some social media users claimed a Democrat who lives in the area intentionally killed the dog because of his name. While Thom said he’s “heartbroken” over the dog’s death, he didn’t think it was politically motivated.
“We have had some words back and forth about political stuff, whether he actually did it out of spite or not, I won’t subscribe to that totally,” Thom said of the neighbor he believes shot the dog.
He found the dog dead after returning that evening from a demonstration at Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s presidential launch event in Minneapolis.