May 03, 2016 06:47 PM

The Kirtland Police Department just couldn’t say goodbye to this guy.

They tried to find the owners of the stray pup found wandering on Wisner Road in Kirtland, Ohio, on March 31, but when no one came forward they couldn’t send the pup elsewhere to be adopted — they had to keep John Doe Dog, now named JD for short, for themselves.

“Some of you may have followed the story of our stray John Doe Dog,” reads a message on the department’s Facebook page. “We tried to find the owner of this marvelous animal to no avail. The folks here at the Police Department wanted a good home for JD (this is now his name) so with the permission of the Chief and the Mayor, JD has been adopted by the Kirtland Police Association but they also share the warmth this stoic animal has brought with City Hall and the Fire Department.”

Along with this official adoption post, they shared a video that illustrates just how loved the former stray will be — but they also put the impact of their newest colleague into words.

“JD has fit into the environment as though he were here always,” the post says. “We are happy to have him in our department and our lives. He loves everyone and we love him.”

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On April 21, a photo of JD happily looking out the window of a patrol car became the department’s new Facebook cover photo and so far it has garnered nearly 500 likes, from near and far.

“Just read how you saved JD all the way over [here] in Australia,” one commenter said. “Bless you all. And doesn’t he look awesome in the squad car!”


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