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Philadelphia police dog gets more than 1,200 Twitter followers

Feb. 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia police officer said he doesn't mind that his partner has hundreds more Twitter followers than he does, despite being a dog.

Officer Alvin Outlaw, 38, who said his official Twitter follower count was 53 as of Sunday night, said he is happy Thor the 2-year-old German shepherd, one of the department's 22 dogs, has more than 1,200 followers for his Twitter account because it raises awareness of the K9 department and humanizes the police department, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday.

"I think it's something that the Philadelphia Police Department needs: to make people out of the police officers," he said. "I think it's nice that Thor has an opportunity to remind us of our humanity."

"You just can't stand that you're the Garfunkel of this relationship!" Thor's account tweeted at Outlaw.

The account is run by Sgt. Eric Gripp, the department's head of social-media.

"Being Cyrano de Bergerac to a dog has always been a dream of mine," he quipped. "But I'm running out of dog puns. It's sad, sometimes I troll the Internet for new ones.

"But it's been a lot of fun and I think Al has been the perfect ambassador for it," Gripp said.

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