December 1, 2022

Seekonk Police Introduce K-9 Comfort Dog

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The Seekonk Police Department introduced their new K-9 comfort dog Mac, on September 23.

“Kids, especially kids exposed to trauma, have a much higher likelihood to talk to a police officer with a comfort dog,” Police Chief Dean Isabella noted. “These dogs do so much good all over the place.”

Isabella thanked the Board of Selectmen, School Superintendent Rich Drolet, and the members of the school committee for their support, along with Peggy and Dave Brogan from Boonefield Labradors.

“They’ve been donating comfort dogs and therapy dogs to local law enforcement agencies across New England for several years,” Isabella said. “This will be their 26th donation.”

School Resource Officer Kevin Nagle, who will work with Mac, heard about the success of the comfort dog program in other towns and suggested bringing it to Seekonk.

“It turned out to be a pretty cool idea,” Nagle said, noting the naming process was “crazy.”

 There were 3000 suggestions for a name from all over the country. Fellow police officers and students from the schools “picked one name that stuck out”, Nagle added.

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