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Arlington Police Officer's Response to Pit Bull Call Goes Viral
NBC DFW ^ | Friday, Jun 27, 2014 | Tim Ciesco

Posted on 06/29/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway

An Arlington Police officer’s act of kindness towards a pit bull is going viral. Sergeant Gary Carter went out on a call from some people worried about a vicious dog, but when he arrived, he realized it was the dog that needed help.

Arlington Police Sergeant Gary Carter has always been a big fan of dogs – which is why he now has a lot of fans himself.

“I’m still kind of speechless on how this has turned out,” said Carter. “I never expected this at all.”

On Thursday, he and another officer went out to the 400 block of N. East Street, where some people had reported seeing an aggressive pit bull walking around.

“People, unfortunately, when they see a pit bull, they don’t see a lost dog,” said Carter. “They see something that in their mind is extremely dangerous.”

When they went to check things out, they quickly determined that wasn’t the case.

“He was friendly,” said Carter. “He was, I think, more trying to make friends than hurt anybody.”

The Arlington Police Department, like many other agencies, has responded to aggressive dog calls in the past that end with the dog being shot. They say those incidents are very traumatic for the entire community – and they want to minimize them. That’s why last year, they began stepping up training for all of their officers.

“We had training to show us what to look for in a dog,” said Sgt. Jeff Houston, spokesperson for the Arlington Police Department. “That way we can tell what their demeanor is and if they’re truly an aggressive dog.”

Carter took the dog, whose name is Jeffrey, to Arlington Animal Services.

In an effort to find his owner or find him a new home, Arlington Police wrote a post on facebook describing the situation. As of 5:00pm Friday, that post had been viewed more than 4 million times, and had nearly 74,000 likes and 7,800 comments.

“It makes me feel good that I’ve had that kind of a positive response,” said Carter. “Maybe people can realize that first of all, not all big dogs are dangerous and second of all, not all police officers are out to shoot big dogs. Because we’re not.”

Fortunately, Jeffrey had a microchip and was reunited with his owner, Antonio Mireles, Friday morning. Mireles says Jeffrey, who he just got last week, escaped through his fence.

“I really appreciate that,” said Mireles. “[Sgt. Carter] did a great job.”

Carter says the only thank you he really needed, though, was watching Jeffrey go home.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs; lawenforcement; pitbull; police
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Credit to this officer and, apparently, to this police department for adjusting their training.
1 posted on 06/29/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A good first step toward changing the ongoing dog shooting trend among police.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 12:11:07 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: nickcarraway

Jeffrey celebrated his return home with a delicious meal of toddler leg.


3 posted on 06/29/2014 12:13:17 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


4 posted on 06/29/2014 12:13:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Don't know about the dog but the owner had the number 13 tatooed on his neck.
5 posted on 06/29/2014 12:22:17 PM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: luvbach1

Now if we can get them to stop shooting defenseless citizen’s that’d be a step forward too.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 12:22:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: nickcarraway

Good job Officer!


7 posted on 06/29/2014 12:23:07 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: SkyDancer

For every silver lining, there is always a dark cloud.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 12:26:18 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway
“I really appreciate that,” said Mireles. “[Sgt. Carter] did a great job.”

Sergeant Carter! Sergeant Carter! Shazam!

9 posted on 06/29/2014 12:28:03 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SkyDancer

“Now if we can get them to stop shooting defenseless citizen’s that’d be a step forward too.”


You people just can’t help yourselves,can you?

p.s.-—no apostrophe needed in citizens.

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10 posted on 06/29/2014 12:29:24 PM PDT by Mears
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To: nickcarraway

in the fwiw dept, long time ago Jake (whom I’ve posted about on FR when he died), was in the fenced in backyard when a couple of fighter jocks decided to break the sound barrier over/near our AO. He some how
got out.

Two days later, a really nice family brought him home. I tried to give them $50, but they wouldn’t take it.

5.56mm


11 posted on 06/29/2014 12:38:02 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe

I wouldn’t take a reward for returning a lost pet. Just the sight of seeing them reunited would be enough.


12 posted on 06/29/2014 12:43:18 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: nickcarraway

ditto that.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 12:44:16 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: bamahead

Arlington, TX doing it right.


14 posted on 06/29/2014 12:53:41 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: SkyDancer
Now if we can get them to stop shooting defenseless citizen’s that’d be a step forward too.

Yes, good idea, but I guess they're working on one thing at a time.

15 posted on 06/29/2014 12:56:29 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes, agreed 100%. It’s good they were willing to admit they were not doing things correctly. Glad this doggie is OK.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 12:59:50 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Mears
~ Well Gee, thanks for that bit of information ~

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17 posted on 06/29/2014 1:15:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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18 posted on 06/29/2014 2:03:45 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Mears
You people just can’t help yourselves, can you?

Hey, hey.......if there's one issue that pilled up progressive leftists, doped up libertarians, and holier-than-thou rightwingers can all perfectly agree on it's their abject blanket hatred of cops.
19 posted on 06/29/2014 2:27:33 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: nickcarraway

Contrast this officer and dept. with the SLC police “chief” getting defensive about one of his officers entering a yard without permission and shooting the dog...and then having the temerity to lecture the public at large about “respectful manner”.

Ditto to your comments...


20 posted on 06/29/2014 2:28:55 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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