Police department announces newest K-9 officer; former rescue pup gets her badge

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Meet Willow, the newest K-9 officer in New Hampshire

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There's a new officer in town who can help sniff out clues.

The Greenland Police Department and Town of Greenland Board of Selectmen announced the addition of its newest member, K-9 Willow, a golden retriever mix puppy.

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In June, Willow was rescued along with more than 100 other dogs and puppies from a cruelty and neglect case in Bradford, New Hampshire. She was born days after the seizure at Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord, which took care of 50% of the dogs taken.

The SPCA gave Willow to the GPD after hearing it wanted to hire a "comfort dog."

Willow is following in the paw prints of other dogs in the state in helping comfort victims and witnesses of crimes and crashes. He'll also work with the department in the community.

Over the next several months, Willow will attend intense training and the department hopes to have her "comfort ready" by next spring.

She will live at the police station most of the time with Lieutenant Dave Kurkul and Admin Eli Tretter taking care of her.

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