Kentucky Police Department Adopts Shelter Dog

"So when it came time for [Bolo] to go back that day, they got him in his cage, and he kind of dropped his head and whimpered, and everybody's heart melted, and we decided to adopt him," Chief Jason Newby says.

Chief Jason Newby of the Hopkinsville Police Department with rescue pit bull mix Bolo. The dog has been adopted by the department.Chief Jason Newby of the Hopkinsville Police Department with rescue pit bull mix Bolo. The dog has been adopted by the department.Hopkinsville PD

A pit bull mix shelter dog named Bolo has become the first-ever "paw-trol officer"—sort of a morale K-9 and mascot—at the Hopkinsville (Kentucky) Police Department.

Bolo was sworn in by Hopkinsville's mayor, James R. Knight Jr., at a city council meeting on Nov. 7, and the City of Hopkinsville shared a video of the ceremony on its Facebook page.

Bolo arrived at the department in early October as part of an adoption event with the nearby Christian County Animal Shelter, People reports.

His temporary visit quickly became a permanent stay.

"So the plan was every Wednesday, we would bring one of the dogs from the shelter here at the police department, let them interact with people, give them a little bit of advertisement on Facebook, social media, and hopefully help them find a home," HPD Police Chief Jason Newby said in a video on Facebook.

But after Bolo, the first Pawtrol Wednesday pup, showed up, the "plan" dissolved. "Oddly enough, everybody fell in love with him," Chief Newby said.

"So when it came time for him to go back that day, they got him in his cage, and he kind of dropped his head and whimpered, and everybody's heart melted, and we decided to adopt him," he added. 

Bolo, the adopted pet of the Hopkinsville Police Department, carries a badge.Bolo, the adopted pet of the Hopkinsville Police Department, carries a badge.Hopkinsville PD

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