Douglas County’s new pup to assist victims of violence

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — From fighting wars to search and rescue to law enforcement, canus lupus familiaris is right there with his human counterpart. And now, the healing effect dog has on man is being tapped into as well.

Debbie Doyle has been a victim advocate with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years.

“It takes a certain kind of person to do this work and I enjoy my job, I do,” she said.

Now, Doyle has a new partner. He is only 2 years old, weighs about 90 pounds and is a yellow Labrador mix. His name is Pilot and he was just sworn in, with one paw in the air, by the sheriff.

“He was sworn in as a part of the victim assistance unit,” Doyle said.

Pilot was trained by Canine Companions in California. Training started as a pup.

“His mission is to be calming to individuals. To give somebody, somebody they can trust, that they can stay with,” Doyle said.

Pilot will be called in to assist and lend comfort to people who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and crimes against children, to name a few.

Pilot is provided at no cost to the sheriff’s office by Canine Companions.

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