Little police dog has big purpose

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WOODS CROSS, Utah -- The city of Woods Cross now has a police dog, although he is not quite what you might expect.

This dog is a toy rat terrier, named Spot, or Spoticus as some officers call him, in an attempt to make him sound more masculine than his small frame implies.

Spot weighs in at a not-so-intimidating 3.3 pounds, but it's not his ability to fight crime that makes him such a valuable asset to the department.

"One day one of the detectives was having a really bad day after a really bad call," said Stephanie Gonzales, who works in police records. "All of a sudden, Spot ran up to him and was so excited to see him and from that point on, it was a big morale booster and we needed to keep him around."

Spot is just 14-months-old, but is an actual police dog, officially registered to the Woods Cross Police Department.

"Woods Cross is a great department and having him here is an added bonus for us," said Officer Mike Daugherty. "He's a lot of fun to play with."

The department is also looking to hire an actual patrol dog, but they say it's not in the budget right now.