Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Certified Professional Therapy K9

Sioux County, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is introducing their first-ever certified Professional Therapy K9.

K9 McGrath’s trainer from C.A.R.E.S., Inc.: (Canine Assistance Rehabilitation & Education Services) of Concordia, KS, says he absolutely “loves to be loved” and Sioux County Sheriff Jamie VanVoorst thinks that will be a fitting quality for his job description.

McGrath has now joined his handler, Deputy Jessica Dorhout, and is ready for duty in Sioux County. McGrath will join Deputy Dorhout while patrolling as well as joining her when she conducts her  School Resource Officer duties. Sheriff Van Voorst says he looks forward to seeing how McGrath can enhance communication,  de-escalate difficult situations and aide peaceful conclusions in any of his interactions.

McGrath spent his first 18 months learning his service and social skills in three different prison settings.

Van Voorst says it’s been about a one year process from its inception until now. He says this service will vastly expand the sheriff’s office connections with those who will benefit from the calming approach and benefits a certified therapy K9 can give. the sheriff called is, “a big step in bridging law enforcement with special needs situations.”

(Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office)


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