SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Officials with Scottsdale Police said Fozzie, one of their police dogs, has passed away.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Scottsdale Police officials said Fozzie served for nearly 10 years, and was a police crisis response canine.
Fozzie, according to police, was the country's first full-time police crisis response canine.
Officials said Fozzie was initially studying to be a service dog, and was donated to Scottsdale Police by Michigan-based Paws With A Cause, after they determined Fozzie would make a better police crisis canine.
Besides his function in crisis response, Scottsdale Police said Fozzie served as a goodwill ambassador, and said Fozzie has made countless community presentations, school visits, and community special events.
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