PAWNEE, Okla. — The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office welcomed its newest and smallest member to the department this week.
Dachshund puppy Wrigley will be the department’s first victim support K-9, Pawnee County Sheriff’s Reserves announced on Facebook.
“The process for starting this program grew from a very small idea that seemed to grow overnight,” Administration Deputy Lindsey Kopenhagen tells FOX23. “My teenage sons and I have always wanted a dachshund (weenie dog) and when the opportunity arose to have one of our own I jumped at the chance!”
Kopenhagen said Pawnee County Sheriff Mike Waters and the courts loved the idea of getting a victim support dog.
“Wrigley will help mainly children who are victims of violent crimes,” Pawnee County Sheriff’s Reserves said in the post. “He will be available to sit with them during their interviews with law enforcement and even go to court with the kids when they have to face their attackers.”
Wrigley will be going through an intensive obedience training and then a therapy dog program to become a certified therapy dog, the department said.
Kopenhagen said Wrigley will be such an asset to not only the sheriff’s office but the Pawnee County District Attorney’s Office, DHS, CASA and all other agencies who are involved with advocating for children.
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