5-year-old Lily, a Corgi-Beagle mix, just needed a forever home. Unfortunately, the older she got, the less likely it was she would be adopted. Lily was at a high-kill shelter and facing euthanasia, when she was rescued and given a brand new life.
Lily was enrolled in the Brevard County Sheriff's Office's "Paws & Stripes College", which is an eight-week course which teaches dogs obedience skills. Some dogs will move on to more training to become PTSD dogs, some will be therapy dogs, and others will become child victim advocate dogs.
Now, after her eight weeks, Lily is ready to lend a helping hand to those who need it most.
Lily is now a certified therapy dog! She works with her handler from the Department of Children and Families, helping to put child victims at ease so they feel more comfortable speaking with investigators.
"We've seen an enormous difference since we began using Lily to help us with our more sensitive investigations," said Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods. "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's handler is MCSO's Department of Children and Families (DCF) Investigative Liaison, Detective Janeen Henley-Freeman," the Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post. "Detective Henley-Freeman and Lily will focus on adult and children DCF investigations, missing persons, sex crimes, child abductions and child exploitation internet crimes assisting the victims of these crimes. Our goal is for Lily to help victims feel more at ease while speaking about their situation(s)."
We are so grateful that Lily was given a second chance, and that she is helping others do the same!