Scottsdale Police Department’s dog Fozzie dies after decade of service

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Fozzie, a golden retriever who holds the title of being the nation’s first, full-time Police Crisis Response Canine, has passed away after 10 years of service to Scottsdale Police Department.

Fozzie responded to suicides, sexual assaults, homicides, fatal crashes and other critical incidents. He provided comfort for people experiencing their worst day imaginable, said Ben Foster, Scottsdale Police Department spokesman.

Foster also said Fozzie brought peace and a sense of calmness. He was a bridge to communication for people who experienced trauma.

“Fozzie and his heart were larger than life and nothing made him prouder than when he got to wear his badge and SPD cape,” Foster wrote.

“Fozzie loved coming to work and serving alongside such dedicated police officers, detectives, dispatchers, crisis specialists and fellow city employees.”

Fozzie also served as a goodwill ambassador, visiting schools and attending community presentations and events.

Fozzie served the Scottsdale Police Department for a decade. He passed away this week. (Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)

Foster said Fozzie initially was studying to be a service dog, but Michigan-based Paws With a Cause thought he would make a better crisis canine and donated him to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Since Fozzie joined the force, other public safety agencies have incorporated programs similar to Scottsdale’s, including the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Glendale Fire Department and 16 police services in Canada.

“Fozzie left a mark on all those he met,” Foster wrote in a statement. “While he will be deeply missed, in the spirit of his boundless positivity, we hope happy memories offer comfort and peace to all who mourn this profound loss.”

Fozzie served the Scottsdale Police Department for a decade. He passed away this week. (Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)

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