Police have had working relationships with dogs for years. But Mattis K. Nine and Stark of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are special.
Mattis and Stark are therapy dogs, used to comfort victims of traumatic experiences. Mattis is a one-year-old English cream golden retriever and the first dog of his kind deployed by the office.
Mattis’ partner and keeper, Deputy Darrah Metz, was a huge driving force behind the office’s decision to found the therapy dog program.
According to a report by This Week News, when Mattis is off duty and he’s not hanging out with Deputy Metz, he spends his time at Cheryl’s Doggie Daycare, a facility in Hilliard.
When Mattis is at work, his job is to bring calm and comfort to people dealing with stressful and tragic situations. He also visits schools as part of Operation Street Smart, a drug-education and -prevention program.
Mattis has recently been joined in this program by a second doggy officer, Stark. Stark is an 8lb Pomeranian mix who came to the department via Florida in November 2017.
Stark was named after Tony Stark, aka Ironman. Stark lives at home with Deputy Tyler McDowell and his family. McDowell spoke to NBC4 about Mattis and Stark’s budding bromance. “They’re brothers, they love to play… Nonstop from the morning they see each other they just play,” said McDowell.
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