According to Charlotte Fire Department history there has been a dog at least one station in Charlotte since 1910.
Word is that CMPD currently has 7 K-9 Officers, Mecklenburg County Sheriff has another 3. Their roles range from tracking, drug detection and explosives work. The airport has a "comfort dog" and one explosives/drug dog.
And then there's Nick. At least we think that is his name.
Before we venture down this hall, you should know we at Cedar Posts love dogs. All kinds of dogs, big small stray rescues and even champion blue ribbon pedigree dogs.
Apparently "Nick" is been added to the city payroll as a "homeless therapy dog" and is somewhat loosely assigned to CMPD Officer Russ Falkenberry. So Nick roams the Central office looking for hand outs and trying hard to stay out of trouble. Apparently Central Division spent part of CMPD's budget on a therapy dog that didn't make the grade.
Nick even has his own office, well at least a bed where a desk once stood.
Many departments use therapy dogs to help during the investigative process, they are also used to help comfort kids in stressful situations. But Nick for whatever reason didn't measure up. With his dog training school fail Nick has been repurposed to become a "help the homeless" dog.
What a cute shed monster. As someone who loves dogs but also knows the torture of dog dander intolerance Nick looks like he'd drive the office staff crazy. Even if you're not allergic to dogs the fur the white fur is not compatible with blue uniforms.
But we love Nick anyways. We are pretty sure the homeless don't care if he sheds or isn't hypo allergic, but what do you think?
Have you encountered Nick?