City of Laredo launches certified police therapy dog ​​initiative

LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) – A municipal program that can help ease fear and anxiety is calling on four-legged friends.

A project that took years to mature is finally coming to fruition.

It’s called the “Certified Police Therapy Dog” program and it’s been in talks since 2020 by District Four Council Member Alberto Torres.

Through this new initiative, the city is adopting protected dogs that can be used as therapy pets for victims who have been physically and/or emotionally abused and are currently the subject of legal proceedings.

The selected rescue dogs, Coco and Dusty, will train with K-9 handlers in Florida and be certified to become police therapy dogs.

Council member Torres says the dogs were selected through a very specific process.

Torres says these dogs undergo character and behavior analysis between the shelter and the police department before deciding whether to send them to the actual course.

Torres goes on to say that the police or trainers spend x time with the animal trying to analyze its behavior before making the full investment.

Torres says he is working with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County District Courts, Department of Animal Care Services and other city and county entities to enroll more dogs.

Coming to KGNS News at Ten, we speak with the two officers in charge of the program who talk about their experience working hand in hand with Coco and Dusty.

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