Victims of crime now have a new furry shoulder to lean on in Calgary.
A Labrador retriever named Hawk is the Calgary Police Service’s first “trauma dog” to be called in for duty. The 3-year-old pooch, which was trained by Pacific Assistance Dogs Society or PADS in Burnaby, B.C., we be on hand, or rather foot, to offer comfort to those who have witnessed a traumatic incident or have been victimized in some way.
“Since joining the Service in October, Hawk has already provided support to victims of various ages, including high-risk youth, helping to calm and encourage them to open up to investigators,” police said in a statement.
According to the Calgary Herald, Hawk is believed to be only the third trauma dog being used by a police force in Canada.
Check out PADS puppies in training. Dogs doing good work to uplifting music.
And, learn more about the important work of trauma K9 recruits.
h/t CTV Photo Calgary Police Service