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Scottsdale PD crisis response dog dies after 10 years of service

He was the first full-time police crisis response canine, according to his department.
Fozzie the police crisis response canine. (Photo: Scottsdale PD)

The nation's first full-time police crisis response canine has died, according to Scottsdale PD.

Fozzie, a 10-year veteran with the Scottsdale Police Department, worked to comfort people at scenes of crimes like homicides, sexual assaults, suicides and domestic violence. On the worst days of their lives, Fozzie was there to comfort them.

"Fozzie brought peace, a sense of calmness, and was a bridge to communication for people who were experiencing trauma," a statement from Scottsdale PD said.

"Fozzie and his heart were larger than life and nothing made him prouder than when he got to wear his badge and SPD cape. Fozzie loved coming to work and serving alongside such dedicated Police Officers, Detectives, Dispatchers, Crisis Specialists and fellow City employees."

The golden retriever was also an ambassador for the department at school and community events.

While he initially studied to be a service dog, he was donated to the department by Paws With A Cause and trained to be a police crisis canine.

The release from Scottsdale PD said Fozzie's work helped blaze a trail for dogs to join Glendale FD, the Pima County Sheriff's Department and other agencies in similar capacities.

We thank Fozzie for his service and the comfort he provided for those who needed it most. May he rest in peace.