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Rescued puppy helps ease stress at Virginia 911 center

February 1, 2020 GMT

TAZEWELL, Va. (AP) — A rescued puppy is helping lighten the stressful days of the dispatchers at a Virginia 911 center.

The puppy’s former owners surrendered the 8-week-old lab mix to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, and dispatchers fell in love, WVNS-TV reported.

“A lot of people don’t realize how stressful this job can be,” Edwinna Cecil told the station. “If we have a bad call, you can’t be upset when you see something this precious. It helps calm everybody down. The whole atmosphere has changed since he’s been here.”

As the official 911 dispatcher service dog, he will not only provide emotional support but also be an ambassador for 911, attending events and visiting schools.

Dispatchers are asking the public to help name the puppy. People can vote on the sheriff’s office Facebook page for their favorite or four proposed names — Mischief, Rookie, Taser or Creed. Votes will be counted on Monday afternoon.