The FCSO Therapy Dog program features select canines and law enforcement personnel that are trained to provide victims with an outlet from the mental, physical, or psychological effects of experienced trauma.
This program was established in 2017, with Mattis K. Nine, who became the first law enforcement therapy dog in the State of Ohio and the sixth in the nation. Due to the program's overwhelming popularity and success, it has since expanded to include Stark K. Nine. Stark allows the program to include a hypoallergenic option and an alternative for victims who may prefer the company of a smaller dog.
Since its inception, the Therapy Dog program has received requests to join victims assistance efforts from various victim's advocacy groups and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies from across Central Ohio and the country. The program continues to expand, improve, and ultimately allows FCSO to offer yet another innovative tool for assistance and community engagement to Franklin County's communities.
The FCSO Therapy Dog program is solely funded by donations from community partners. This includes the training, veterinary care, grooming, boarding, food, and other supplies. FCSO is very appreciative of this and the other various forms of support provided to the program.