Family raising money for service dog gets big donation


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Carolina Beach police officer and his family are one step closer to getting their autistic son a service dog.

The Crawl for Paws Carolina Beach nonprofit presented Carolina Beach Police Officer Brandon Smith and his wife Jessica with a $2,000 check Wednesday.

With this donation the family is closer to their $12,000 dollar goal to help secure a life time companion for their three-year-old son Bryce.

The family said they have been overwhelmed with all the support they have received.

“Our hearts are very full. We’re very excited and we are very grateful,” said Jessica Smith.

Tim Morrison and Wayne Rouse were on hand from Crawl for Paws to present the family with the check.

Crawl for Paws is a group that organizes pub crawls to raise money for local animal causes. The organization’s first pub crawl was to raise money for ballistics vets for Carolina Beach’s police dogs back 2014.

“It combines both of the reasons why we originally started the crawl which is to help out the Carolina Beach Police Department but also animal causes,” said Morrison.

The dog training company that will find Bryce’s service dog is called Kronos K9. Company representatives were also at the check presentation to get Bryce acquainted with some dogs and to show support.

Kronos K9 is a dog training company out of Jacksonville. The company specializes in basic to advanced training and off-leash obedience.

Scott Oaks, owner of Kronos K9, said they usually train service dogs for people with PTSD and anxiety. He said their involvement in helping train dogs for people with autism is growing. He said they are excited to be a part of Bryce’s experience with his service dog.

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