In the early hours of the morning, an unexpected visitor strolled through the doors of the Odessa Police Department in Texas and hopped up onto the counter.
It was a friendly dog who seemed eager to let officers know of an incident in progress that a certain someone had gone missing from home… He, himself.
It seems, this smart boy had figured out that the best place to go after he lost his human is the police station. Having reported his issue like the good boy that he is, Chico lingered on an idea to apply for a job as a K-9 for a little while. Scroll down to read about his whole adventure.
Meet Chico – a very smart boy who reported himself missing to the Texan Police
One morning last week, the officers at the Odessa Police department in Texas received an unexpected visitor – a polite doggo who gently put his paws onto the front desk to let them know about his issue.
Sergeant Rusty Martin was among the officers there to receive him, noting that the pup appeared none too distressed by his “lost dog” status. Mostly, he just seemed out for a good time — and he got one.
“We were all excited to have him in the building,” Martin told The Dodo. “We had a tennis ball and threw it in the lobby for a bit. Everyone loved on him.”
After hanging out there for a while, he ran out as quickly as he had walked in
The officers made sure to make his day at least a little bit better in return. They said he received “lots of love and attention”. “We were all excited to have him in the building,”
Martin added. “We had a tennis ball and threw it in the lobby for a bit. Everyone loved him.” When playtime was over, it was time to make sure Chico would return to his rightful owners.
Despite enjoying the dog’s surprise company, those on duty didn’t forget about the case he’d originally brought forward. Solving it, however, soon hit a snag.
The dog was wearing a collar, but the ID tag had apparently fallen off, so animal control was dispatched to come check for a microchip. Before they arrived, though, things took a turn.
His owner reported he got back and is safe and sound at home after his little venture
Chico felt like his time at the PD was done and quickly snuck out before animal control arrived. Evidently deciding he’d been “missing” long enough, the dog headed back to his family, all on his own.
“He ran out just as quick as he came in,” Martin said, having posted about the incident on Facebook. “The owner responded the next day [to say that] it was his dog and he had returned home. He lives about a mile from the station.”
The dog, who’s named Chico, had cracked his first case — albeit one of his own design.
“I was impressed,” Martin said. “He may just be cut out for this work.”