Georgia police department welcomes newest recruit, ‘Goose the therapy dog’

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah Police Department announced the arrival of the department’s first therapy dog this week.

The newest member of the SPD is 10-week-old Goose, a Labrador puppy who began training this week to be a therapy dog.

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“This is something that will be an asset for department members and the community,” Chief Lenny Gunther said. “Whether it’s an officer who needs a little nuzzle after a stressful call or it’s a community member who is going through a traumatic incident, Goose will be here to help.”

Goose has been assigned to handler Cpl. Julie Cavanaugh of the Behavioral Health Unit and will respond with her as part of her duties.


A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide comfort and affection to people other than its owners.

Therapy dogs are often utilized in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, disaster zones, and anywhere people may be in distress.

SPD said Goose would be sent if needed to assist and calm the situation that BHU may be handling.

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Goose will also be in the department for any situation where a little comfort may be needed, whether that is comforting an officer or a person who witnessed or was a victim in a tragic incident.

“We are so excited to add Goose to the department and see all the way that he will be helpful to this community,” Assistant Chief Robert Gavin said. “Someone suggested naming him Goose after Maverick’s co-pilot in the movie Top Gun. It fits perfectly for what he will be doing here. He will be our co-pilot every day.”

To follow Goose on his adventures, click here.