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MA officer using selfies to help reunite dogs with their owners

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(Photos: Facebook / Taunton Police Dept.) (Photos: Facebook / Taunton Police Dept.)
TAUNTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An eastern Massachusetts police officer is using the power of social media and selfies to help reunite dogs with their owners.

Taunton Police first shared a picture of Officer Evan Lavigne on August 10 after he responded to call for a loose dog near a bank in the city.

Officer Lavigne was able to get the dog into his cruiser, but as the department noted: "First things first, a selfie was taken (We think it was the dog's idea)."

The resulting photo was shared over 780 times and received over 5,500 reactions of Facebook.

Lavinge told the Huffington Post that his initial intent was to do something funny for him and his friends on Snapchat, but "then I asked our department’s Facebook page moderator if he would consider posting the photo to find the owners since after I got the know [the dog], I felt bad dropping him off and maybe never getting him back home.”

Thankfully, the city's animal control officer was able to locate that dog's owner.

A few days later - on August 14 - Lavigne was again called to help capture a loose dog near a variety store and again, "the dog insisted on a selfie while waiting for the ACO," police said.

Over 1,000 reactions were garnered by that post and it was shared by nearly 200 people.

The owner of that dog replied to the post a short time later indicating that it was his dog and it has since been returned home.

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