A local police department in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania has brought on its newest member, “Auggie,” a 14-month-old Beagle, to be the department’s mascot and therapy dog.
Susquehanna Police Department adopted Auggie after he was found on the streets by the Humane Society of Harrisburg. Now, the police station is Auggie’s home, where he plays a vital role in greeting police officers and members of the community, and spreading joy throughout the station.
When he’s not roaming around the station or playing catch with officers, Auggie visits schools with the School Resource Officer, helping to relate to the kids and connect with the community.
Robert Martin, director of public safety, told Pennlive, “Our school resource officer has been taking him to the schools several times a week to break down the barriers in relationships with us and the children. Auggie is that bridge and it’s just been absolutely phenomenal.”
Auggie also has his own Facebook page, and is loved by the community. The police Beagle has helped with the Humane Society’s annual Christmas donation drive and donated a few toys and treats to some potential new friends – working dogs that may eventually join the department.
Many local businesses have also embraced Auggie, and donated dog food and other supplies.
Bringing emotional support dogs to police departments appears to be a new trend. Swatara township’s local police department also recently took in “Tattoo,” a Labrador Retriever and Pitbull mix, who was donated to the department in honor of an employee who passed away from cancer.
Tattoo provides therapy and comfort to officers who are constantly exposed to traumatic events, just like Auggie.
“Law enforcement is very stressful,” said Martin. “We all know what pets and our dogs can do for us at home in terms of stress relief.”
Auggie even has his own ID card with an official badge number.