I was dead-serious. I would not make a joke about a rabbit if I did not believe it to be true.

October 18, 2018 AT 5:00 AM

Phoenixville, Pa., mayoral candidate Dave Gautreau, apologizing for his proposal during a recent forum that the borough's police department acquire drug-sniffing bunnies as a less-costly alternative to a K-9 team. Gautreau said he'd gotten the idea from the town of Lancaster, but the story about Lancaster's rabbit squad turned out to have been an April Fool's Day post on Facebook.