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New Home for Dog Too Mellow for Police Work

October 8, 1993

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) _ Harry, the German shepherd that was just too mellow for police-dog training, has a new home.

City police officer Paul Dagenhart, who has been caring for Harry since he washed out of school, bought the dog this week from the city for $250, John Gray, the assistant city manager, said Thursday.

Trainer Pat Merritt said the year-old dog didn’t respond to voice and hand commands.

″Pat gave me the idea he was a ‘sooner.’ He’d sooner like to lie down and go to sleep or get something else to eat,″ said Police Chief Leroy Pearson. ″No need in wasting time in teaching him to bite.″

Harry caught the attention of animal lovers following news reports that he might be put to death if the city didn’t recoup its $500 investment in him.

Pearson said those reports were inaccurate and the dog was never in danger.

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