Pima County Sheriff's Department

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Tucson, AZ 85714
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Press Release

Board of Supervisors Declares April 30th Pima County Therapy Animal Day

Sent on 4/17/2018 2:34:57 PM

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is proud to announce that today, the Pima County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation declaring April 30th, 2018, as Pima County Therapy Animal Day. Sheriff Mark D. Napier accepted the proclamation, recognizing the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for its commitment to addressing the mental health crisis in our community. National Pet Therapy Day was created by Pet Partners, the largest non-profit organization registering therapy dogs. We have established a working relationship with Pet Partners and are registering three department dogs through the Pet Partners’ therapy program. Our department, with the assistance of a gift from Cenpatico Integrated Health, has created the Therapy Canine Program to be a bridge of support to the community through the Mental Health Support Team and to provide stress relief at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is the first agency in Southern Arizona to have a Therapy Canine Program and the first agency in all of Arizona to have law enforcement handlers of therapy animals. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Therapy Canine Program is comprised of the Crisis Canine Response Team (CCRT) and Corrections Pet Assisted Stress Therapy (CPAST) program. Deputy Leo is part of the CCRT that runs out of the Mental Health Support Team. Officer Luke and Officer Leia are part of the CPAST team that operates out of the Pima County Adult Detention Complex. In the Proclamation, the Pima County Board of Supervisors encourages “…all residents, social services and law enforcement agencies in Pima County to join forces with Pet Partners to celebrate our therapy animals and their human handlers.”

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