WEBBERS FALLS — The outcome for stray dogs hit by cars usually is bleak. But Dragnet, a fluffy Australian Shepherd, found a new leash on life after Webbers Falls police officer Mark Adney arrived to scoop him up off the road about a month ago. Adney figured it was another dog he was going to have to shoot. But just as he pulled his gun from his holster, the dog rolled over and laid his head on the officer’s foot and looked up at the 6-foot-6-inch grim reaper in black uniform. "I think he figured if I was going to shoot him, I’d have to shoot myself in the foot,” Adney said. Adney put the dog in the back of his truck and went back to the office. "I thought you were going to put the dog down,” Police Chief Tim Brown said to Adney. Brown thought he would have to do it himself. He had seen Dragnet earlier and attempted to capture the stray, pitiful looking dog. But when he went over to the truck, the dog looked at him with his big yellow eyes. It was all over. "Drag,” for short, was officially adopted and placed on bed rest. South Lake Veterinary Clinic in Gore gave Brown a discount on surgery to repair Drag’s broken hip. "People say, ‘You have a police dog?’ I say, ‘Yes I do. I assigned him number 608. He’s a real pretty little dog. You couldn’t shoot this one,’” Brown said. Now it seems Drag has known Adney and Brown forever. He responds to his new name and comes hobbling to them on three legs. When they’re in the office he likes to curl up under their desk. "The worst thing is I think he prefers women,” Adney said. Adney said Drag is particularly fond of the women working at Webbers Falls City Hall, adjacent to the police station. He has become accustomed to their affections and often sits at city hall’s back door. Drag doesn’t go hungry anymore.
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