A police officer responding to a call about an aggressive Pit Bull ended up having his squad car unexpectedly “hijacked” after the dog jumped into the vehicle’s front seat to enjoy a snack and the air conditioning.
The Kilgore Police Department shared the amusing story that happened over the weekend when one of their officers approached the dog. The officer attempted to catch the dog by leaving his squad car’s back door open. However, the dog opted for the open front door on the driver’s side instead.
Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter said, “The Officer located this dog running at large and thought he might be able to quickly capture it. He opened his back door and tried to coax the critter into the back seat, which is caged. In his haste, the Officer also left the driver’s door open. Cujo decided he wasn’t going to jail and instead jumped into the front seat.”
Chief Hunter explained that the town doesn’t have 24/7 Animal Control so their officers often answer these calls after hours. “Many times we can handle the issue without calling the Animal Control Officer out,” he wrote on Facebook. But on this call, things got a bit complicated.
With Cujo sitting comfortably in the front, the officer then tried to coax him out, but the dog didn’t like that idea.
“As the Officer tried to get him out of the front drivers seat, Cujo became aggressive,” Hunter continued. “The door was shut to prevent injury to the dog or Officer. The Officer’s car had been hijacked!”
Cujo had more than one reason to not want to exit the vehicle. Not only did the vehicle have air conditioning, it also had beef jerky, the officer’s snack.
The Chief was alerted to the strange goings on by radio and asked for some clarification. That’s when the officer snapped a photo of Cujo grinning.
“After hearing some strange radio traffic about this hijacking, I (Chief) asked some questions over the radio. Moments later the Officer texted me a picture of the situation, which I’ve included.” He added, “This critter wasn’t coming out (notice his lovely smile).”
“I texted back that the dog didn’t look happy,” the Chief continued. “The Officer texted with this statement, ‘He ain’t, and neither am I.’ Good news is that the Animal Control Officer arrived and safely took Cujo into custody. The only injury sustained in this incident was to the Officers pride. LOL”
The ornery Pit bull is now with Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center. According to the staff “Cujo” is actually “super sweet” and posted pictures of him in a taco costume and putting out the message in hopes of finding his family.
“We’d like to take a moment to TACO BOUT the hilarious story with the pit bull that hijacked the Kilgore Police Department patrol car,” they wrote on Facebook. “He is doing great, SUPER SWEET, and a specTACOularly good boy. Our friends at the Kilgore Police Department did a great job.”“All jokes aside, if you recognize him or you are missing a large pit bull dog that LOVES beef jerky, please contact us right away. We would very much like to get him home. You can call us at 903-237-1290 M-F 8-5.”