Officers Use Cheetos & Belly Rubs To Negotiate With Fugitive Dog On The Run
The officers of the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Police Department are not only animal lovers, they also have a flair for comedy! A Facebook post describing a “standoff” between the SFPD and a “four-legged canine suspect” has received over 5,000 likes and laughs since it appeared Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred the previous day when the dog – “who refused to identify herself” – ran loose through a busy roadway, nearly causing several accidents.
The pup defied direct orders from the officers to exit the major thoroughfare, but they were eventually able to corner the wily fugitive in a residential backyard. That’s when “negotiations” began.
Officers Hunt and Dunn tried to sweet-talk the cunning canine with promises of Cheetos and belly rubs, but clearly they underestimated her. She refused to surrender, forcing the officers to devise a Plan B.
According to the SFPD Facebook post, footage of Officer Hunt’s efforts to lasso the dog were unsuccessful, but “very fun to watch.”
Finally, they gave up and called in the big guns, but even Animal Control officers were no match for the Pibble perp!
“Animal Control responded to assist and the unnamed dog was nearly caught before it morphed into former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders and juked Sgt. Siebenborn, Officer Hunt, and Officer Dunn out of their shoes as they tried to grab on as she ran by.”
After one final freedom run through the streets, the suspect decided to throw the officers a bone and surrender. She laid down, accepting her payoff of free belly rubs, and was taken in without further incident.
The female Pit Bull mix will remain in the custody of Animal Control until her owners can be located.
All Images c/o the City of Sioux Falls, SD Police Department