Therapy dog pays visit to McNairy Co. 911 dispatchers

McNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — Dispatchers at the McNairy County 911 office answer dozens of calls daily, but the ones that stick with county supervisor Troy Carmack the most is when a child is in danger.

“The only thing you can do is talk them through what they need to do, but other than that, you just feel helpless,” he said.

But dispatchers had a chance to get their minds off the phone and radio Friday as a furry four-legged friend came to pay them a special visit.

“It’s nice for someone to know there’s a lot of stress in the dispatch offices, and the dog does get your mind off of it,” Carmack said.

Crisis canine Molly, a shepherd and lab mix, isn’t a police dog, and she’s more than just a pet.

Her companion Ron Leonard says Molly brings peace to those working in a high-stress environment.

“Molly can come in and bring a calmness to that stressfulness,” Chaplain Leonard said.

Molly doesn’t only visit 911 centers but also police roll calls, hospitals and anyone needing a little extra love from a furry friend.

As a trained member of Canines for Christ, Molly has been on over 2,500 visits.

She’s always on call during emergencies and after, bringing smiles to those like Carmack.

“You don’t know what to think,” Carmack said. “But you don’t know until they got here. You can just see a difference.”

Leonard says Molly will travel next to Benton, Kentucky, to meet with dispatchers and children at Marshall County High School following the deadly shooting in January.

To learn more about Canines for Christ and how to request Molly to pay your workplace a visit k9forchrist.org.

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