By: Emily Johnson
May 12, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Our furry friends were honored for helping others in the community this evening.
Local therapy dogs were "Deputized" meaning they are now honorary K9's with the Leon County Sheriff's Office. They're part of the Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy program where the dogs and their owners undergo special training to become pet partner teams.
"All these dogs go out and visit facilities here in town. We go to TMH, we go to the medical rehab facilities. We do long term care facilities for the elderly. We visit adult daycares, we visit schools," said Stephanie Perkins, Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy.
The dogs also visit court rooms to help with child abuse and sexual assault cases as well as accompany struggleing readers through programs at public library and bookstores.