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Consolation canine joins Exeter NH Police Division because of Hero Pups

EXETER — The Exeter Police Division is making a pawsitive addition to the drive: A consolation canine is becoming a member of the ranks for the primary time and has already begun coaching along with her handler Detective Bailey Teixeira.

The division has partnered with Hero Pups, a Stratham-based nonprofit devoted to pairing help canines with veterans and first responders.

This would be the first consolation canine positioned with a police division on the Seacoast by the all-volunteer Hero Pups for the reason that group was based in 2016.

Whereas no choice has been made on a reputation simply but, Teixeira and the brand new consolation dog- a 4-month-old chocolate lab – will prepare collectively below the steerage of Hero Pups founder Laura Barker till she’s a 12 months previous, at which level she’ll formally start her duties inside the division and the Exeter neighborhood.

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Exeter police stated the brand new four-legged recruit, whose mom was a rescue canine that gave start whereas within the care of Hero Pups, will turn into an important useful resource for victims of trauma, offering a therapeutic position whereas she will be able to additionally assist de-escalate tense conditions.

Amongst her duties, Teixeira focuses on crimes involving juveniles in addition to all sexual assaults, conducting many interviews and dealing alongside the Youngsters’s Advocacy Heart (CAC) and the Web Crimes In opposition to Youngsters Process Drive.

“Our consolation canine might be instrumental in offering a relaxing presence to all victims who want her help on a few of their hardest days,” Teixeira stated.

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After an extended day’s work, the consolation canine will journey dwelling with Teixeira, and once they’re off the clock, she’ll be capable to unwind from her day and loosen up identical to some other pup.

The new comfort dog will make her big public debut on National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swasey Parkway.

Funding for the consolation canine might be lined completely by means of donations with no tax {dollars} concerned. A fundraising marketing campaign might be introduced within the coming weeks.

“Hero Pups is an incredible group and we respect all of the work Laura and her volunteers have executed to make consolation canines accessible to legislation enforcement companies like Exeter,” stated Chief Stephan Poulin, who labored with Teixeira and Deputy Chief Josh McCain so as to add a consolation canine to the roster. It is a useful resource we’ve talked about including for some time now and we’re excited to lastly be capable to carry our new canine on board and introduce her to the neighborhood.” 

Along with her work for the division, the canine can even be seen in the neighborhood, attending numerous occasions and visiting the native colleges, particularly when she might be of help in tense conditions.

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“We’re thrilled to be working with Exeter Police Division and blissful that Chief Poulin and Deputy Chief McCain regarded into new methods to assist their neighborhood,” stated Barker. “Det. Bailey Teixeira is the proper particular person to be the handler for this pup and we sit up for working along with her.” 

The brand new consolation canine will make her massive public debut on Nationwide Night time Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swasey Parkway.

“We hope folks cease by to satisfy our latest recruit. She’s positive to supply a lot of hugs and kisses,” Teixeira stated.

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