Franklin County Sheriff's Office Therapy Dog Program

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 on October 2017. Stark allows the program to include a hypoallergenic option and an alternative for victims who may prefer the company of a smaller dog.  In August 2018, Kit and Woody joined to the team.

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. 


Mattis is an English Labrador Retiever who is trained in Therapy.  Mattis' was born January 21, 2017 and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff K9 on October 13, 2017.  Mattis is the first law enforcement therapy dog in the State of Ohio and only the sixth in the country.


Stark came to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office by the way of Brevard County, Florida.  Stark is a rescue and he is named after Ironman.  Stark is a 4 year old black German Sitz.  Stark began working at he Sheriff's Office October 27, 2017.  Stark was sworn in on August 18, 2018 and is the 2nd Therapy K9 to work a the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.


Kit is a 4 year old Standard Poodle who is trained in Therapy.  Kit's was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff K9 on August 18, 2018.  Kit is the 3rd Therapy K9 to work for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.  When not working, Kit loves camping, lake life, riding boats and sleeping on the couch. 


Woody is an Australian Labradoodle puppy who will be in training for the next year.  Woody was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff K9 on August 18, 2018 and is officially a Therapy K9 in training.  Woody is the 4th Therapy K9 to work for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.   When not working, Woody enjoys playing with his family and learning new things. 


for more information

Sgt. Jason Ratcliff
(614) 525-2272

jvratcliff@franklincountyohio.gov