Police shine spotlight on homeless pets


If you’re still trying to get past the Monday blues, chin up, ‘Too Cute Tuesday’ is back!

Law enforcement in Texarkana, Texas are highlighting the issue of pet overpopulation.  It’s a win-win for police and pets.  ” It humanizes the officer, it lets the community know that they have a heart,” TTPD Public Information Officer Shawn Vaughn said.   

After a winter break, the project is back for a second year.  TTPD Assistant Police Chief Charles Kreidler chose not one homeless pet, but two.  “I brought my daughters today with me and they like cats, they like dogs, so we just decided to do one of each,” Kreidler said. 

The cat room is up first at the Animal Care & Adoption Center in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Kreidler and his daughters choose Rumor, a young feline that was picked up as a stray with her kittens about two weeks ago.  “She was very friendly, very, very friendly,” Kreidler said.

After looking at several dogs, they quickly settle on a six-month-old stray and decide to call her Bailey.  Kreidler said, “She’s probably an obedient dog, as soon as we walked up she sat down.”  The medium-sized shepherd/terrier mix has been at the shelter since May 1.  She was picked up outside of a local burger joint.  

The pets are showcased before thirty-two thousand followers on TTPD’s Facebook page. It’s a way to encourage folks shopping for a pet to visit their local animal shelter first.  “It may not be the place you think to look, but this is the place you really ought to start,” Vaughn said.

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