Two-month-old service dog adopted by 911 dispatch center in Tazewell County

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(Photo: Courtesy Tazewell County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Courtesy Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office)

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Working at a 911 dispatch center may be a stressful job, but now the dispatchers in Tazewell County will be receiving plenty of puppy love from their new mascot.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook that the 911 Dispatcher Center adopted an 8-week-old Labrador/pit bull mix who had been given up by his previous owners.

The Sheriff’s Office says that the dispatchers “fell in love with this guy and…will be paying for his food and care out of their own pockets.”

As the official service dog for the 911 Dispatcher Center, the puppy will visit schools, senior homes, and other public events to help represent local law enforcement. However, the dispatchers have yet to decide on a name for the puppy, which is why the Sheriff’s Office posted a picture of the puppy on Facebook and asked members of the community to vote for one of the following names:

  • Mischief
  • Rookie
  • Taser
  • Creed

Voting closes at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, but as of Sunday afternoon, more than 1,300 people have commented on the post.

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