The Lab mix would dart into Dollar General every time a customer exited and head straight to grab the purple plush toy.
A sweet stray pup kept sneaking into a North Carolina Dollar General store and stealing a stuffed purple unicorn toy. Animal control officers were called in because the Lab mix kept breaking into the toy aisle section... Just to get his paws on a toy! Workers at the Kenansville store said the dog would rush in every time a customer exited. "He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time," said Joe Newburn, a supervisor at Duplin County Animal Services told PEOPLE. "It was so strange, one of the strangest calls I've ever dealt with. He added the store finally had to lock the door because the pooch would keep coming in. That's when animal control got involved.
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Samantha Lane was the officer who got the call. She was so moved by the canine's perseverance she bought the $10 toy for the dog. After that, she brought him to a Duplin County Animal Services shelter. The staff ended up naming the playful pup Sisu after the dragon cartoon character in Disney's new film, Raya and the Last Dragon. "The only thing we can think is that he came from a home where he had a similar stuffed animal or kids in the home did," Newburn said.
The shelter shared a picture of the one-year-old pup and his new best friend on their Facebook page with a caption that read: This is what happens when you break into the Dollar General consistently to steal the purple unicorn that you laid claim to but then get animal control called to lock you up for your B & E and larceny but the officer purchases your item for you and brings it in with you.
The pup is so attached to his toy that he spends every night curled up with his unicorn."It's so sweet. It's amazing. I mean, he's obviously super smart, and even when we got him to the animal shelter, he's been very obedient. He sits, shakes. Someone should be looking for him," Newburn said. "I don't know of any other reason why he would focus on the unicorn other than he had one at home. If the store had called and said he tore open dog food, that would make more sense but not hunting for a purple unicorn." The great news is that from a recent post, it looks like Sisu has found his forever home!
Dollar General spokesperson Crystal Luce told PEOPLE that Dollar General plans to send a "few extra purple unicorns for the adoptive family," a thank you gift to animal control officer Lane as well as a pet food donation to Duplin County Animal Services. "We are glad to see Sisu is happy with his new toy!" Luce added. Everyone wins in this heartwarming story!