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Dog rescued from the shelter to function a Okay-9 officer

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A dog rescued from an Ohio animal shelter has a new leash in life as a K-9 officer.

Tattoo – a three-month-old, 35-pound, Labrador / Pitbull mix – joined the Swatara Township Police Department in suburban Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last month.

He was rescued from the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center near Columbus, Ohio.

The tattoo was selected by Therapy Unit K-9 at the Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office. The therapy dog ​​program trains dogs and their human officers to provide victims with “a way out of the mental, physical or psychological effects of an experienced trauma,” according to the department’s website.

He is assigned to Swatara School Commissioner Ben Stewart and works primarily in the Steelton Highspire School District.

After Tattoo’s training, his responsibilities include traumatic incidents, forensic victim interviews, criminal investigations, crisis interventions, and doctor visits. And he will also take part in community events.

“This Therapy-K-9 program will assist first responders and all Swatara Police officers exposure to traumatic events and support efforts to increase resilience to improve mental health and well-being,” read a statement from the Swatara- Police.

The puppy is named in memory of Christine Stoltz, who worked as a police receptionist in the Swatara community for the past 25 years. Stoltz died in January.

“Christine loved tattoos and how they give personal meaning to the people who get them,” Swatara police said in a statement. “We believe that Tattoo will leave a lasting impression on everyone he interacts with.”

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