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Chandler Police introduces adorable new therapy dog, Annie

(Chandler Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – An East Valley police department has a new recruit, and she works for belly rubs and treats.

On Thursday, the Chandler Police Department introduced Annie as the first full-time employee of its Therapy Canine Program.

“This program is going to be utilized at the Chandler Police Department to basically improve the psychological well-being of both our sworn and non-sworn employees who are subjected to traumatic events as part of their service or duties,” Sgt. Daniel Mejia told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Thursday.

The adorable goldendoodle – part poodle, part golden retriever and, by the looks of her, part stuffed animal – will also provide support for victims of sexually based crimes at the new Chandler Family Advocacy Center.

“We also have other partners coming and using that facility, so it wouldn’t be uncommon also to lend some assistance to other surrounding agencies,” Mejia said.

Breeder Arizona Goldendoodles donated Annie to the department, K9-Games is providing her training for free, and Faust Animal Hospital offered to take care of shots and medical treatment for the dog at no charge.

Annie won’t start her new job until she completes her training.

“We don’t anticipate to have her fully deployed until possibly next year, January and February, roughly,” Mejia said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

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