The Texarkana dog who went viral is back home where he belongs.
Texarkana, Texas, police learned about 1 p.m. Monday that Gold was picked up by his owner at the Animal Care & Adoption Center. Gold had an implanted chip, but the owner's contact information had not been updated in the system.
"Had that information been current, it would have been possible for the animal control officer to immediately scan the chip and contact the owner on Sunday. That would have saved Gold a trip to the shelter," said Shawn Vaughn, TTPD spokesman.
Officers were thrilled to learn Gold was reunited with his owner.
"He was obviously a well-kept dog who happens to love riding in vehicles," Vaughn said.
Police advise that pet owners who have a chip on their dog or cat should take time to make sure that the information on file is still current.
Police originally believed Gold was a pit bull, but learned he is actually an American Bully.
Officer Travis Frost was patrolling Sunday morning when he received a vicious dog call. Frost spotted the dog lying on someone's front porch. Travis left the door of his patrol unit open so he could quickly jump back in if the dog came after him.
He whistled at the dog, who then came trotting over to him with his tail wagging. After Travis petted the dog for a minute, Gold went right up to the patrol unit, jumped in the front seat and made himself at home. Travis said they just hung out together and took some pictures until the Animal Control officer arrived.
The TTPD Facebook post with the photos of Frost and Gold received more than 45,000 shares and was seen by about 5.5 million people, Vaughn said. It was also picked up by national news agencies and was trending on Facebook Tuesday afternoon.
Police advise anyone to use caution around dogs they don't know but to not assume that pit bulls or similar-looking dogs are "bad dogs."
"You shouldn't judge a book by its cover," Vaughn said.