An officer in Arlington is getting some praise for helping a lost pit bull that alarmed residents.
A post about the incident on the Arlington Police Department's Facebook page has more than 2 million views and thousands of likes.
APD spokesman Lt. Chris Cook said it happened Thursday morning when Sgt. Gary Carter responded to a residential alarm in the 300 block of N. East Street in North Arlington.
When he got there residents also told him about an "aggressive" pit bull that was chasing them around. One lady yelled, "This dog is so vicious, please get him."
Sgt. Carter called for backup, but then realized the dog was extremely friendly. He coaxed it into his patrol car with a protein bar and began trying to find its owner.
Many people on Facebook thanked the officer for not responding with his gun drawn.
"That makes me so happy he thought with his brain and not his gun. Seems every day I see an article about a cop shooting another dog. Good guy. Hope the dog finds his owners," Jordan Carpenter wrote.
"What a wonderful rescue! There's nothing wrong with pedestrians being careful and there's everything right with the way the police officer handled the situation. Hope the sweet dog finds his home – or a wonderful new home," added Jean Lodge.
Lt. Cook isn't surprised by the officer's actions. He said the department has developed a training program to help prevent officers from "profiling" certain dogs generally considered dangerous.
"This is exactly the type of compassion we love to see our employees exhibit and credit their good judgment and our significant investment that our organization has made in providing training to officers on how to deal with dogs," added APD Chief Will Johnson.
The dog's owner has since been located and is expected to meet up with Sgt. Carter on Friday at Arlington Animal Services.