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Jan 15, 2021

MCSPCA Pilots Program to Place Shelter Dogs as Police Support Animals

Monmouth County SPCA has started a pilot program in which shelter dogs are placed with police departments to act as emotional support animals.

The Eatontown Township Police Department was the first station to participate in the program. Purebred Husky Tala, one of the first animals named an emotional support pet through the program, now roams the halls of the station. Tala was rescued after being used for breeding on a farm with several other dogs. She now lives happily with Eatontown Township Police Chief Bill Lucia.

“We are tremendously proud to launch this program that not only gives a home and family to a shelter dog, but also supports our local police,” Executive Director of the Monmouth County SPCA Ross Licitra said.

Lucia explained, “For the officers of the Eatontown Police Department, having Tala at headquarters has been extremely valuable. A few times per week, officers will return from high-stress calls and seek out Tala for comfort. We couldn’t think of a better way for a once-discarded shelter dog to live her best life.”

After hearing about the comfort Tala has provided to officers, other Monmouth County police departments have already expressed their interest in the program, according to the MCSPCA website.