Shelter dog gets adopted by police department, officially sworn in as first “paw-trol officer”

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A heartwarming tale unfolded when a pit bull mix from a shelter charmed an entire police force, culminating in a joyous conclusion and a fresh career opportunity!
Recently, Bolo, a canine resident of the Christian County Animal Shelter, was given the chance to accompany the Hopkinsville Police Department officers on duty, marking the inaugural session of their “Pawtrol Wednesday” initiative.

In a heartwarming twist, the shelter dog charmed the officers so deeply that they found themselves unable to part ways with him when the day came to a close. They made the heartwarming decision to welcome him into their lives permanently.

“The officers never anticipated that their brief encounter would result in a new addition to the HPD family. But Bolo came along and swiftly captured everyone’s affection,” shared a Facebook update from the City of Hopkinsville Local Government. The post joyfully announced that Bolo “came for a day-long stay and wound up securing his forever home.”

“As the day drew to a close and we prepared to return him, he slumped into his cage, let out a soft whimper, and just like that, he touched all of our hearts,” HPD Police Chief Jason Newby recalled in a video. “In that moment, we knew we had to adopt him.”

The department joyfully announced that the adorable dog had become “part of the HPD family,” fitting in wonderfully with the officers and staff. He’s been relishing his days filled with play, receiving plenty of belly rubs, and taking numerous cozy naps throughout the office.

Bolo’s journey with the Hopkinsville Police Department took an even more official turn when they not only adopted him but also gave him a formal role within the department, complete with a special swearing-in ceremony!

At a recent Hopkinsville City Council meeting, Mayor JR Knight conducted the swearing-in, officially appointing Bolo as “HPD’s inaugural Paw-trol Officer.” In a charming twist, Bolo even made his commitment official by placing his pawprint on an oath, promising to “faithfully serve the residents of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.”

City officials are brimming with excitement and shared, “We’re eagerly looking forward to watching this adorable pup’s adventures and career with the force.”

The Hopkinsville Police Department also celebrated the swearing-in of three police dispatchers from their Emergency Communication Center at the same ceremony where Bolo was honored.

Following his official induction, Bolo has wholeheartedly taken to his new responsibilities as a cherished member of the HPD and the local community. The department has shared heartwarming photos of their newest member making rounds, including stops at the Hopkinsville Christian County Imagination Library and Indian Hills Elementary School.

Bolo is not just a furry face at the department; he’s also giving back by welcoming other shelter dogs as part of the department’s ongoing Pawtrol Wednesday initiative. A recent Facebook update featured Bolo posing with Maizy, a friendly 2-year-old female pit mix looking for a home, who also hails from the Christian County Animal Shelter.

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