Conway PD Receives Comfort K9 to Assist Victims of Crime
Conway Police Department has sworn in a new four-legged member to their ranks with the addition of K9 King Griffin (Finn) as a comfort canine to assist victims of crime. K9 Finn will assist victims advocate Nikki Richardson in her daily work.
Finn is a 5-month-old Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain and Poodle Mix) made possible by a grant through the South Carolina Attorney General's Office. The $8,000 grant helped pay for Finn, his 18 months of training and supplies. Finn's job training will help him provide animal therapy for victims during times of stress and anxiety. K9 Finn will also serve at outreach events and meetings.
Finn's breed makes him ideal for dealing with a wide variety of factors of victims he may encounter. Finn is part poodle with a thick coat that makes petting him more therapeutic. Being part poodle, Finn is hypoallergenic, to reduce the chances of allergic reactions when in contact with a victim. Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for gentle and friendly temperaments that will aid him in his role. Finn is expected to weigh between 20 - 30 pounds.