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Chase is on the case! Newest furry member of GPD has a name after social media vote

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(Photo: Greenville Police Department)
In October, Chase will be sent for training at Top Dog Academy, where he will learn to be a therapy dog .

Chase is on the case! Parents and grandparents of the toddler and preschool set will recognize the catch phrase from the animated show Paw Patrol, but it’s also the name of the newest member of an eastern North Carolina Police Department.

A couple of weeks ago, the Greenville Police Department’s Animal Protective Services division found a pup they believe is about five months old abandoned on the side of the road. No one claimed him, so officials said they decided to keep him – and put him to work.

GPD officials reached out through social media, asking for help to name the dog, and with 42% of the vote Chase has been chosen.

In October, Chase will be sent for training at Top Dog Academy, where he will learn to be a therapy dog – to provide comfort, affection and emotional support for both officers, other department employees and people in the community.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.