JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (Sept. 2, 2015)– For two years, a unique crossing guard greeted kids each day in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Patches the dog would join his owner, a retired contractor, each morning in a little safety jacket helping kids cross a busy intersection.
As of Tuesday, Jersey Shore Area School District officials said the man can no longer have his dog outside at the crosswalk while he’s working, according to WNEP.
The school district said the decision was made for safety reasons and because it’s against school policy.
WNEP was provided the following statement:
“We have clear policies in the school district regarding any type of animal during the work day. Yes, he is a cute, adorable pet. The bottom line: there are always unanticipated risks with an animal. Any known distraction needs to be removed.”
Some parents and students were sad to not see Patches when they showed up to the intersection.
Curtis, the dog’s owner, says he plans to continue his work without Patches.