But, after further discussions with lawyers and consultants poring over state legislati - OH, JUST GIVE HIM THE DOG ALREADY.
This happy ending appears to be brought to you by an about-face, followed by an about-face.
And nobody likes their double about-faces lit up under an intense global spotlight.
At a press conference on Monday, police chief Rodney Hupp told reporters the city had been working on a plan to keep the pair together before the social media campaign.
He seemed to blame Hickey for all the fuss.
"You could have stopped this train wreck, simply by saying, 'They're working on a solution,'" he said.
And those thousands of extra dollars in the GoFundMe account? The fund organizer says the money will be donated to Vested Interest in K9s, an organization that furnishes police dogs with bullet-proof vests.
Even after that, there will likely still be more good left to do for animals.
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