Street Beat: Service Animals

This week on Street Beat, host Jill Washburn finds out how man’s best friend is also one of man’s best helpers.

First, Trooper Matt McCaul of the Michigan State Police Canine Unit and Bozy, his K-9 partner, explains how dogs assist the police in crime prevention, search and rescue, and other areas.



Street Beat: Michigan State Police Canine UnitStreet Beat: Michigan State Police Canine Unit

Then Rachelle Kniffen, Director of Communications & Marketing for Leader Dogs for the Blind, discusses how service dogs aid people with vision difficulties and how families can help train the Leader Dogs of the future.  “Blue,” a leader dog of the future, joins her to help explain the need for foster families.

Street Beat: Leader Dogs For The BlindStreet Beat: Leader Dogs For The Blind

Then Jared Wadley, Board Member for Therapaws, explains what a therapy dog does and how a dog can help a child learn to read.

Street Beat: TherapawsStreet Beat: Therapaws

Finally, Judi Pearce, the  Executive Director of the Amazing Wings Therapeutic Riding Center,  and Barbara Oprea, a certified instructor at Amazing Wings, explain how riding horses can help children and adults gain strength and confidence.

Street Beat: Amazing WingsStreet Beat: Amazing Wings

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