PASCO COUNTY, FL. – Pasco Sheriff’s Office has a new therapy K-9! Meet Animal-Assisted Therapy K-9 Tacoma! AAT K-9 Tacoma is a 3-year-old chocolate Lab that was rescued from a Brevard County animal shelter.
He’s trained as a therapy K-9 as part of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office’s “Paws & Stripes” program, in which inmates at Brevard County’s jail learn valuable life skills while training shelter dogs to be calm and confident companions or therapy dogs.
AAT K-9 Tacoma is certified as an AKC Good Citizen and is certified as a Law Enforcement Investigative Therapy Dog. Additionally, AAT K-9 Tacoma and his handler, Dep. Chris Miller, are a certified multi-discipline therapy K-9 team. Tacoma is Dep. Miller’s second K-9 partner, along with K-9 Buster.
AAT K-9 Tacoma is PSO’s fourth therapy K-9. AAT K-9 Charlie and AAT K-9 Mango are assigned to PSO’s Behavioral Health Intervention Team, and AAT K-9 JoJo is assigned to PSO’s Community and Agency Resiliency unit.
Tacoma is assigned to the Community Engagement Bureau, where he’s already enjoyed meeting citizens at community events. Therapy K-9s are an important part of PSO’s K-9 unit, as they bring calm to tense calls and a smile to those in a moment of need.
The funds for AAT K-9 Tacoma were generously donated by Wesley Chapel Toyota and he is named for the Toyota Tacoma truck. Tacoma was very excited to meet not only his donors, but his namesake as well.