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Police Department Adopts Canine After Fostering

Posted 01-07-20.

For the past several weeks, dispatchers, officers and staff have been fostering Maddie, a hound mix from the Sevier Animal Care Center, in hopes that someone would adopt her. It’s the second canine that the department has fostered. But now Maddie will become the newest member of the SPD family, as they have decided to formally adopt her.

“It seems Maddie has won over the hearts of everyone here,” said SPD Chief Joseph Manning. “She wanders the halls and offices, eagerly visiting each of us throughout the day. We’re so glad she has a permanent home with us.”


Several employees have noted that Maddie seems to help reduce the stress that dispatchers, officers and others at the department often feel.

SPD employees and Sevier Animal Care Center Director Ashley Thomas will get together at the Police Department (300 Gary Wade Blvd.) Friday afternoon, January 10, at 2:00 p.m. to take photos and celebrate Maddie’s adoption. Media and the public are invited to attend.

About Sevier Animal Care Center ( email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
Sevier Animal Care Center is a non-profit government run animal shelter located at 1040 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville, Tennessee that serves the animal control needs of Sevier County, Sevierville, Pittman Center, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Our mission is to reunite lost pets with their owners and match homeless pets with a loving family. Our community’s support is our most important asset, and everyone is welcome to come visit. Please consider helping our animals through adoption, volunteering, fostering, donating, and/or advocating for us.