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Boynton Beach Police Department welcomes therapy dog

Posted: 4:56 PM, Sep 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-07 04:05:37-04

The Boynton Beach Police Department welcomed its newest member today -- Harley the therapy dog.

Harley comes from Paws and Stripes College in Brevard County.

The beagle mix is assigned to a special-victims unit detective and her specialty will be kids.

"Sometimes you get cases where kids are just shy, and they don't want to talk. It's just another tool we have to get the kids to open up,” said Boynton Beach Detective Astrel Labbe with the special victims unit.

"For children, I can't imagine how Harley will not be a huge hit and help in really traumatic difficult situations,” said Nancy McBride with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Boynton Beach is the first municipal police department in Florida to have a therapy dog.