Therapy dog joins Charlotte Fire Department

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC) The Charlotte Fire Department’s newest member, a purebred English cream golden retriever, has a special job.

Lady Katherine, or “Cat” for short, will assist the department with its public education programs and help her fellow firefighters reduce stress.

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Earlier this month, the department established a self-funded K-9 Program, and Cat is its first therapy canine.

The pup was chosen for and donated to the Charlotte Fire Department by a member of K-9 Caring Angels Therapy Dogs in Manassas, Virginia. The organization has successfully placed more than a dozen therapy canines in fire departments throughout the country.

Fire and Life Safety Educator Rick Dunton will serve as her primary handler.