Dogs may be man’s best friend, but apparently, a unicorn — a stuffed purple one at that — is a dog’s best friend.

By Jessica Kwong

Animal control officers were called to a North Carolina Dollar General store after a stray dog kept coming into the store and beelining for the toy aisle.

“He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time,” says Joe Newburn, a supervisor at Duplin County Animal Services.

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“It was so strange, one of the strangest calls I’ve ever dealt with,” Newburn adds.

Workers at the Kenansville store (about 80 miles from Raleigh) told animal control officers that they caught the Lab mix darting into Dollar General every time a customer exited.

Each time the stray dog made it in, he went to grab the same plush purple unicorn toy.

Courtesy of Duplin County Animal Services

Samantha Lane, the officer who responded to the Dollar General store’s call, was so taken with the dog’s devotion to the unicorn that she bought the $10 toy for the dog.

According to Newburn, the canine was happy to head off with Lane once he had his beloved stuffed animal.

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Lane brought the dog to a Duplin County Animal Services shelter, where workers named him Sisu after the dragon cartoon character in Disney’s new film, Raya and the Last Dragon.

Joe Newburn, the county’s animal services department head, said, “Maybe he had a stuffed animal like that in his original home. I don’t know, but he wanted that purple unicorn bad,” reported the News and Observer.

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His plight caught the attention of TV stations and other news agencies. Donations poured in. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any word from Sisu’s original owners.

But while developing this story, we received an update that Sisu has been adopted, and will be with his new family soon! According to People.

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Dollar General spokesperson Crystal Luce said the company plans to send a few extra purple unicorns his way.

“We are glad to see Sisu is happy with his new toy!” Luce added.

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