A crisis dog helped brighten the day for residents at an extended care facility in Amherst Thursday.
Greenfield Police K-9 Donut is one of the newest members on the force. And Thursday, he showed why he has become such a trusted and valued officer.
Service dogs are specially trained to provide support for people with physical and emotional disabilities, including seniors.
And that’s exactly what this five month old, 65 pound, St. Bernard, did for residents at the “Center For Extended Care at Amherst” Thursday.
Donut’s primary job is to make people happy and I think we can safely say, “mission accomplished.”
“Unfortunately in our job in police work, we come across a lot of sadness. And we use him as a tool, to distract somebody from being sad, about the event that they are in and then they are better able to talk with us about the event they’re in.”
Donut, is a trained police comfort dog, who helps people overcome intense emotions, after a traumatic incident.
He’s been with the Greenfield Police Department since May.
The activity director told 22News, she hopes to have Donut back for a visit soon.