A dog that was recently found wandering the streets of southwest Florida with its mouth taped shut has officially been named deputy for a local sheriff.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office told a Fox affiliate on Wednesday that Chance, a male Florida cur, was discovered walking through backyards in Lehigh Acres last month, his mouth bound with electrical tape.
The sheriff’s office said Chance was panting, drooling and suffocating when he was found.
The office took him in and later deputized him, a representative for the local department told the news station.
“Sheriff Carmine Marceno has adopted and deputized Chance, a dog recently discovered abused and abandoned in the Lehigh Acres area,” the representative said. “Deputy Chance will have an office near Sheriff Marceno’s desk.”
Chance reportedly completed his first assignment on the job last weekend when he accompanied the sheriff to a ribbon cutting ceremony and watched a teenage-driver challenge sponsored by the office.
In an update on Facebook this week, the sheriff’s office said “Deputy Chance is recovering nicely and full of energy.”
When asked to comment on his first day on duty, the office said Deputy Chance responded by saying, “Ruff.”
According to the local station, Chance works as a “Pets on Patrol Spokes-Dog” for the agency’s community relations department.