Comfort dog inspired by synagogue shooting

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WTAE) — There’s not much cuter than a golden retriever puppy in a little police uniform.

Sergeant Carla Kearns runs the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police peer support team called the Pittsburgh Member Assistance Program.

“The main goal for the team is just to help officers in critical incidents and traumatic events, officers see a lot of trauma on a daily basis,” Kearns said.

Zane is the newest member of her team to help officers. They got the idea after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting.

We brought in canine first responders during the events at Tree of Life to help with our debriefings with the officers. And we saw firsthand how the dogs helped officers kind of decompress from the trauma and the stress of the event.

-Sergeant Carla Kearns

After about a year of training, Zane will also be used for community outreach for victims of violent crime and children in Pittsburgh who could use a little love.

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