TEXARKANA, Texas – A Facebook post of a Texas police officer posing with a “vicious” dog went viral after the officer apparently made friends with the canine.
So, we guess it wasn’t so ruff in person?
The Texarkana Police Department took to Facebook on Sunday, when it described an officer’s encounter with a male dog, Fox 8 reported.
“After we got a vicious dog call this morning, Officer Travis Frost spotted the dog laying on someone’s front porch there,” police wrote on Sunday. “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.”
The post added that Frost whistled and the dog headed towards him with its tail wagging.
Moreover, when the officer and dog met, the pooch entered the front of the patrol car “and just made himself at home.”
Apparently the canine had a ferocious appearance but gentle disposition. “Travis said they just hung out together and took some pictures until an Animal Control Officer got there,” police added.
The selfies connected with viewers on social media. The police department’s post went viral with more than 45,000 shares and more than 92,000 reactions on Facebook.
The upbeat incident brought attention throughout Twitter as well as Facebook.
DON'T JUDGE A DOG BY IT'S BREED: Texarkana Texas Police Department Officer Travis Frost was called out to "vicious" dog on Sunday, but what he found was a pit bull that just wanted to be pals. Do you think pit bulls get a bad rap? https://t.co/Yt4NyF9k97
— WIBW (@wibw) April 30, 2018
“Pit bulls have a bit of a bad reputation,” says Officer Frost. “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.”
Although the dog was initially described as a pit bull, some readers corrected the assessment.
“Several people have pointed out that Gold is not actually a Pit Bull, but rather an American Bully,” read an update on the Facebook post. “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.”
"Pit bulls have a bit of a bad reputation," says Officer Frost. "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."https://t.co/q78Z8friE3
— KAMR Local 4 News (@KAMRLocal4News) May 1, 2018
Well done Officer Frost!
Furthermore, a Monday update said the dog’s owner has retrieved him.
“It was discovered that he had an implanted chip, but the owner’s contact information had not been updated in the system,” police explained. “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.”