It’s been a rough couple of weeks at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.
And the object of all the anger was this guy.
This is Caro, a 9-year-old Dutch shepherd and trained drug and patrol dog.
His trainer and handler Sergeant Jason Smith resigned to take a job in the private sector.
Caro would have been given to Smith but for one glitch in the law.
He was bought with confiscated drug money, and just like any piece of equipment purchased that way, he must be sold at auction.
But the public didn’t understand that and the news went viral.
And some of the callers weren’t very nice.
“How quickly it just exploded. It did,” says Sheriff Jeff Price. “To the point that we ended up actually shutting down the Facebook page.”
And the callers and Facebook posters all assumed the department just didn’t care about the dog.
And they worried he might be bought by a criminal and misused.
So the today was auction day, but if you blinked, you missed it.
And for $100, Caro is now back with Sgt. Smith, which was the plan all along.
“Well, it was going to public auction so, you never know what’s going to happen there, but we were in hopes that the handler would end up with the dog.”
And locals couldn’t be happier.