Shelter Dog Rescued From Euthanasia Has New Job As Police Therapy Dog

Lily, a 5-year-old Beagle/Corgi mix, is now comforting the most vulnerable in her community.

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Lily is a 5-year-old therapy K-9 who was once slated for euthanasia. Via Marion County Sheriff's Office/Facebook
John Virata

Lily is a very lucky dog. The 5-year-old Beagle/Corgi mix had been facing euthanasia in a high-kill shelter, but thanks to her easy-going attitude, she landed a job as a police therapy dog.

Lily was plucked from the Florida shelter and placed in the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office’s “Paws & Stripes College” program, which teaches dogs to perform a variety of service-oriented tasks. Dogs are then selected for advance training as PTSD dogs, therapy dogs and child victim advocate dogs. Lily graduated from the law enforcement investigative therapy dog course and now serves as a comfort dog to help ease the anxiety of the community’s most vulnerable people.


In an effort to comfort victims of violent or sensitive crimes, the Marion County…

Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Through the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Department of Children and Families, Lilly works with adults and children who are victims of such crimes as sex crimes and child abductions.

“We’ve seen an enormous difference since we began using Lily to help us with our more sensitive investigations,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods wrote on the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “We’ve had children who have experienced horrific crimes open up to us because Lily made them feel comfortable. When Lily walks into a room, she brings a sense of joy and comfort with her, and we know she will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our crime victims in Marion County.”

Lily is fortunate to have been removed from a very dire situation, and the community in Marion County has gained a hard working member of the police department who brings comfort and joy to those who need it most.

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