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‘Pup in training:’ Tarrant County sheriff enlists labradoodle therapy dog

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department will soon have a labradoodle like this one to serve as a therapy dog.
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department will soon have a labradoodle like this one to serve as a therapy dog. Courtesy of Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.

The Tarrant County sheriff’s department will soon have a furry new deputy.

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek and his wife, Amy, are donating a labradoodle to serve as a therapy dog for the agency, NBC 5 reported.

“Every time I have seen a dog like this interjected into a situation, it brings down the tension in the room,” Sheriff Bill Waybourn, who took office in January, told the TV station.

For now, the therapy dog is still a “pup in training,” sheriff’s department spokesman David McLelland said, but the Novaceks, who raise labradoodles in Johnson County, will provide a few others on an as-needed basis in the meantime.

Last year, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office got a therapy dog, Brady, a golden retriever, to help comfort victims and witnesses.

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