City Council approves therapy dog for Mauldin Police Department

Mauldin City Council approved the funds that the police department needed to get a therapy dog
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 9:54 PM EDT
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MAULDIN, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Mauldin City Council approved a new member of the police department on Monday night.

The Mauldin Police Department asked the council to approve funds needed to add a therapy dog to their team. The department said a study they did showed that a therapy dog could help them serve the community. The dog would help officers in critical situations and attend community events like school visits.

The council approved the funds by a vote of 5-1 during their meeting. The funds will all come from donations and help the department pay for the dog’s food and vet visits.

Corporal Harley Sefcik said at the meeting, “We have to regain the trust of the community, so having this dog there, it has been proven time and time again, that people will open up to the dogs because they’ll sit down with them, they’ll pet them, they’ll play with them and that generally helps someone open up. So that will help us investigate a serious situation even better.”

The dog is being donated by Leslie’s Goldendoodles in Charleston and will arrive at the end of April. The department has a poll on their Facebook to help decide the dog’s name.