Back in the roaring 80s, there was a PSA that took a life of its own with McGruff the Crime Dog.
This cartoon bloodhound was created by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi via the ubiquitous Ad Council. McGruff was the mascot for the National Crime Prevention Council and U.S. police departments all knew about him, used him and patrolled with him.
McGruff was awesome because he had this James Cagney-esque of 1920 gangster talk to “Coppers” but he was one of the good guys, SCHE-EEEEE? Drugs. Bullying. Safety. All of it was in a concentrated effort to “Take a Bite Out of Crime.”
And now that big bite was taken out of McGruff’s behind as John R. Morales was sentenced this week to 16 years and three months in federal prison on drug and weapons charges after police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants and 27 weapons, including grenade launchers, at two indoor farms.
The 41-year-old former actor pleaded guilty and says he “entered the drug trade to help sick relatives.”