Atlas Oil pays City of Taylor for right to name police department's new dog

TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - Companies pay for the rights to name things all the time, but one business has taken that practice to a whole new level.

Atlas Oil has paid to name a dog.

The Taylor-based business did so after Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars and Police Chief Mary Sclabassi came to the company with a request: If Atlas paid for a police dog and training, the company could name the dog.

Now Taylor Police have a dog named Atlas that they wouldn't have otherwise.

Atlas says it is a great opportunity to give back to the community they consider home.

Taylor Police say Atlas the Dog is now trained to find narcotics, protect officers, and track suspects or the lost.

Atlas Oil contributed more than $12,000 for the dog.

The company has told the city it is willing to help it get a second canine officer when it is ready. No word yet on what that second dog will be named. 

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