Animals

K-9 Officer Zane Joins Pittsburgh Police

The puppy is in training to be the Bureau's first comfort dog.


Meet the newest member of the Pittsburgh Police force!

K-9 Officer Zane is the Bureau's first-ever comfort dog. Police say Zane is in training and will be able to give peer support, respond to critical incidents and be involved in community outreach.

Zane, the Bureau's first "comfort dog," is in training for the Pittsburgh Police.

You can tell he takes his training very seriously by his official "In Training" police vest.

Police say that following the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue last October, canine first responders from all over the country came to Pittsburgh to help comfort the community and first responders. Police Sergeant Carla Kearns recognized how effective the canines were in helping to calm the situation and decrease anxiety levels during debriefings, and proposed that the Bureau invest in a comfort dog.

The name Zane is Hebrew for "gift and prayed for."

"Zane will be pivotal in helping calm victims of violent crime during interviews, as well as during critical incidents and events," Police spokeswoman Cara Cruz said. "He will also be out in the community for meet and greets when he's ready to serve in about 6 to 8 weeks."

Zane still needs a little more training, obedience classes, and another round of shots before he's ready to get his badge. From the photos shared on Facebook, it looks like Zane is having a great time learning to be a police dog and bonding with his fellow officers.

Photos courtesy of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Facebook.

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