|Death: ||May 1, 1916|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
BUNJO, FAMOUS POLICE DOG,
IS FAITHFUL TO THE LAST
Canine Noted Among Thief
Catchers of the West
Dies in Salt Lake.
Bunjo, the, little white fox terrier, who for fifteen years has worn the star of the police department with honor, brought in his last shift at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon and died—on duty.
Fifteen years ago a patrolman took to the station a little white ball of downy fur. The little thing nestled in the pocket of his overcoat, and barked when he tumbled out and gazed down the long line of square toed shoes in the squad room.
No one knows much about the birth of the west's most famous police dog. It is said that he was owned by a porter in the Old Resort saloon, who died before Bunjo was old enough to grieve for him.
From the time that he was old enough to walk until rheumatism attacked his sturdy legs, a shift never left the police station without Bunjo. At 7 o'clock in the morning Bunjo led the platoon to their beats. At 3 o'clock he brought them in.
Captured a Fugitive.
At 11 o'clock he went out with the night shift and reported for duty at the desk sergeant's office until it was time to escort the men back to headquarters.
No deed in the department's record of bravery stands out more distinctly than Bunjo's capture of a jail breaker.
A man in custodv for burglary, highway robbery and another felony, evaded the jailors several years ago and ran from the jail yard toward Commercial street. He had barely entered Orpheum avenue when Bunjo sprang at his throat and bore him to the pavement. With bared teeth Bunjo stood over his man and barked for the patrolman on the beat.
When the sergeant would say, "Box 45," Bunjo would run to the patrol wagon and wait for Chauffeur George Moore to lift him to the seat. He took his last ride with the wagon Sunday night.
Will Be Mounted.
The entree to every cafe in town was Bunjo's. He would enter by the front door, run through to the kitchen and wait patiently until the chef would drop a bone.
Bunjo went to the desk sergeant's office to die. He thrust his paw against the swinging door, stopped in his tracks and sank quietly to the floor.
George Moore and W. F. Crow, Bunjo's particular friends on the force, were summoned. They bore the little white body to a taxidermist's. It will be mounted and enclosed in a glass case in the lobby of the building.
And on the white chest will shine the silver and gold star of the Salt Lake police department.
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 2, 1916
Bunjo was last seen with Al Rogers November 18, 1971. If you know the whereabouts of Bunjo, please contact us (Utah State Historical Society) at 801-533-3550. Together, we can find a new, loving home for Bunjo.
Specifically: Bunjo was last seen in 1971
Created by: Anne
Record added: Apr 07, 2012
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