The newest member of a local missing child task force in southeastern Pennsylvania won’t receive a paycheck. Instead, he’ll be paid in Milk Bones, peanut-butter-filled Kong toys, and praise.
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That’s because, on March 30, a three-month-old bloodhound named Prince was sworn in as a K-9 detective with the West York Borough Police during a courtroom ceremony in Spring Garden Township. Just like every other sworn officer, the procedure included placing his hands — or rather, oversized puppy paws — on a Bible.
“So do you swear or affirm?”intoned the district judge, before dismissing with the formalities. “I’m going to say ‘Yes,’ so Mayor, why don’t you grab a treat from the bag there?â€
“I love him. He’s my little buddy already,” Prince’s handler, Scott Musselman, said during an April news conference where Prince made his public debut.
Numerous community groups came together to bring Prince on board with the department, including a $10,000 donation for his pickup and delivery and donations of food and other supplies.
Musselman and Prince will work side-by-side as members of the Missing Child Task Force, or York County Child Abduction Response Effort Team. But Prince can’t hit the ground running just yet; he is only at the beginning of what will be up to a year of rigorous, on-the-job training to get him up to sniff. Er, snuff.
His predecessor, a bloodhound named Lou, has worked long and hard during his years with the force and finally decided to turn in his badge. But hopefully there’ll be some cross-over before he retires so he can give the little guy some pointers on how to get extra treats!
Watch the adorable swearing-in ceremony below and share to melt hearts!
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