The United States Capitol Police had just endured a difficult year. The previously tranquil metropolis they guarded has become a battlefield for rioters and police officers. Unfortunately, three officers perished as a result of the disturbances, and the healing process continues.
As with any other individual, police officers can benefit from the presence of an emotional support animal. The sheer presence of these puppies is sufficient to reduce tension and alleviate anxiety. So, Coby Webb, a retired sheriff’s captain, determined that her next trained canine will be sent to Washington, D.C., to assist the city’s cops who are enduring a great deal.
Lila, a two-year-old black Labrador, qualifies for Webb’s retraining program for service dogs that failed to acquire certification for a specific task. The adorable dog was educated by Guide Dogs of the Desert. They are a California-based non-profit organization that trains guide dogs for the visually impaired.
According to the organization’s training director Michal Anna Padilla, Lila did not make the cut because she was thought to be too sensitive. However, as the saying goes, if one pet door shuts, another will open. This was when Webb and her son intervened. Lila is currently on the road to becoming the first emotional support dog for Capitol Police.
Webb stated that Lila is a good listener, and as expected, she will not discuss what she has heard with anybody else. Officers of the United States Capitol who are experiencing emotional stress can, therefore, openly confide in the dog. They are also free to give Lila hugs whenever they like.
Lila has already been given a tour of the Capitol grounds to familiarize herself with the places in which her new human partners will patrol. We hope Lila’s participation with the Capitol Police will serve as a reminder that despite their bravery and heroism, police officers also require emotional support.