Wisconsin Police Department Gets Therapy Dog for the Force and Community
APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) – A new addition to the Appleton Police Department will have a very important job to do.
Patrolling the halls of the Appleton Police Department is Blue, the newest rookie officer in town. His main duty? Lifting the spirits of everyone in the department.
Chief Todd Thomas got Blue, a 12-week-old golden doodle, to be a therapy dog for the department’s employees.
“Wandering the station, checking in with people. We know how we all feel when a puppy or dog walks into the room, our temperament chances,” said Chief Thomas.
Matt Fillebrown, Appleton Police Dept.’s lead CSO and humane officer, added, “It’s easy to be swept up in work, and trying to fix the city’s problems. But once the dog walked into the office, it was like a light switched, and you just want to get on the ground and play with him.”
But before Blue can really get down to business, he will need to get his training.
“Right now he’s a rookie officer; he’s a puppy. He’s got to go through his classes, and he’s got to be certified just like a new police officer. And once he’s certified, he’s going to be able to come to work,” Thomas said.
Wednesday, Blue attended his first of many classes at the Fox Valley Humane Association.
“We do a lot of sit, down, stay. You have to be very in-tune with your owner,” Amy Christian with the Fox Valley Human Association said.
Once Blue is ready and certified, he can also help out community members.
“We’ll be able to use him for going to schools, reading to kids, visiting hospitals. If we have a traumatic incident, or some child victims, we can bring him in to help them,” Thomas said.
Providing joy and comfort to those who really need it. “I think it’s going to make a big impact,” Thomas stated.
There is no cost to the city of Appleton for Blue, as Chief Thomas and his family are covering the costs of his service.