Southtown's dog catcher is a minor character featured in The Year Without a Santa Claus. He acquires an unattended Vixen as she lay in the shade of a tree. Not knowing she is actually a reindeer disguised as a dog to suppress suspicion, the dog catcher takes her to the pound despite Jingle and Jangle's shouts and screams of protest.
The elves later try to reacquire their pet, but don't have the money to bail her out. Later, when Santa Claus arrives, he secures bail for the doe and takes her back to the North Pole to recover from an illness.
The dog catcher is one of the few people who actually sees Santa fly on his reindeer while supposedly working undercover.