Cayce Police Dept., Richland Co. Sheriff’s Dept. announce new therapy dog program

RCSD and Cayce announced a joint therapy dog program Monday.
RCSD and Cayce announced a joint therapy dog program Monday.(WIS News 10)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 11:56 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Cayce Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) announced a new joint therapy dog initiative.

Cayce Police Chief Chris Cowan said Monday the new partnership comes from his own work with Sheriff Leon Lott. Cowan shared that the department’s K9 fundraiser, Steel Paws, helped raise funds towards the new program.

Sheriff Leon Lott said previously therapy dogs have had a proven track record of supporting deputies and the community in Richland County, “We’re all in.”

The new puppies are brother and sister said Cowan. They come from Lisa’s Golden Doodles and were donated to the city. Leona and Hudson will be assigned to a school in the city, Hudson will be used to help with children dealing with trauma.

Pictured is Ofc. Mandy Fournier, K9 Hudson, Chief Chris Cowan, Sheriff Leon Lott, Inv. Summer...
Pictured is Ofc. Mandy Fournier, K9 Hudson, Chief Chris Cowan, Sheriff Leon Lott, Inv. Summer Pearrow and Leona (named after Sheriff Lott)(Cayce Police Department)

The dogs were bred specifically to be service dogs and are hypoallergenic.

Leona will work with RCSD to help in victim’s services. Lott said, “Wherever she’s needed and people need some help, then that’s where she’s going to be.”

The puppies are undergoing obedience training before taking therapy dog training. Cowan said the new program has no cost to the city, the dogs are donated and foundations providing funding for food and medical care and gear. The program will be the first of its kind in Cayce.

Currently RCSD has over 20 dogs in their K9 program. Lott said, “They’re our four legged deputies.”

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