animals and pet care

Dog tries to steal purple unicorn toy from Dollar General, cop buys it for him

Sisu (©Mary Shannon Johnstone)

Sisu (©Mary Shannon Johnstone)

A stray dog named Sisu tried to steal a stuffed unicorn toy at a Dollar General store in Duplin County, North Carolina, United States five times. The purple toy has a red horn and red hooves.

Animal control was called to remove Sisu from the store and the police officer who responded bought the purple unicorn toy with her own money and gave it to the stray dog. On March 26, 2021, photographer Mary Shannon Johnstone of Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina took to Facebook to share photos of the dog, the toy and cop and the post immediately went viral.


According to Johnstone, the police officer brought Sisu to the Duplin County Animal Shelter in Kenansville, Duplin County. The dog has been adopted was adopted the same day it was brought to the shelter.

Duplin County Animal Shelter provides temporary shelter for stray and unwanted animals. Its staff provides various animal care and animal control services to Duplin County residents including animal bites, animal nuisance complaints, animal surrenders, assisting with adoptions, enforcing state and county laws relating to the humane treatment of animals, investigating animal cruelty, lost and found animal reporting and providing spay/neuter education.


James Luther “JL” Turner and his youngest son Hurley Calister “Cal” Turner founded Dollar General as J.L. Turner and Son in 1939. It was renamed to its current name in 1955.

James and Cal were born in Macon County, Tennessee, USA in 1891 and in 1915, respectively. They died in Scottsville, Allen County, Kentucky, USA in 1964 and in 2000, respectively.


Dollar General is based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. As of January 2020, it has 16,178 stores including the store in Duplin County where Sisu tried to steal a purple unicorn toy.

Founded in 1750, Duplin County was named for Scottish peer Thomas Hay, 9th Earl of Kinnoull. Its county seat is Kenansville.

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