Meet the Fannin Co. sheriff's 25 dogs

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FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- Coco, Brownie, Honey, Sadie, Molly, Lucky, Sandy, Cynthia, Bella, Sarge, Angel, Daisy, Brandy, Cowboy, DJ, Waylan, Bug, Basil, Nutmeg, Pepper, Penny, Gigi, Peanut, Bean and Patti.

Those are the names of the Fannin County Sheriff, Mark Johnson, and his wife's dogs. If you weren't counting, that's 25.

Yes, you read right, 25!

"We'll say we have 25, 'Oh my god', you know, well it's not that bad," said Johnson. "It's really fun once you get the hang of it and get a routine going and we do have a good routine."

Each one was either a stray or from a local pound.

"There's not one of them that I could imagine not having for one day," said Kathy Johnson, Mark's wife.

The couple tells us since they got married 16 years ago, they've always had dogs. The dog they've had the longest is Coco, who's been with them for more than 10 years.

"Most of the dogs that we have, have been treated horrible. They had bad lives," said Johnson. "Lucky came to us and he was a very sick little dog."

"He had pneumonia, he had been mauled, he had wounds all over him," said Kathy.

The couple's most recent rescues were nine puppies, all of which had parvo and were nursed back to health.

Johnson said so far this year, they've spent almost $22,000 on vet bills alone.

"We take care of them like you'd take care of your children," he said.

While there's more than two dozen of them, they say they still make sure each dog gets individual attention.

"Some go to Dairy Queen for ice cream, some go to McDonald's for Happy Meals," said Kathy.

One of them, Bella, even goes to work with the sheriff every day.

"Everybody's kind of taken her in as the office mascot," said Johnson.

Back at home, the rest of the dogs pile in Kathy's office to "protect" her while she works.

"We joke that they're our home/land security team," said Kathy. Their main job each day is to take a nap. They do it very well."

The big question: is there room for any more?

"We probably would if we found the right one that fit in and the needs were right, we probably would make room for it," said Johnson.

"We're pretty busy right now, but I'm not going to say never," added Kathy.



 
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