Mesa police therapy dog to provide comfort to crime victims

Macy is an English Labrador retriever, which are a bit bigger and brawnier than their American counterparts. (Photo courtesy of Mesa Police Department)

Macy is an English Labrador retriever, which are a bit bigger and brawnier than their American counterparts. (Photo courtesy of Mesa Police Department)

MESA (AP) – The newest member of the Mesa Police Department may be cute and cuddly, but she is getting ready to do serious work in the department's new Therapy Canine Program.

The Arizona Republic reports Macy the English Labrador puppy made her debut as the department's first therapy dog Tuesday.

Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista says the program was created for the city of Mesa and the police department.

Batista says Macy's job will be to provide therapy and emotional support to adult and child crime victims.

The hope is that Macy's presence will make the victims feel more at ease when talking with investigators.