Facility Dog Rita is newest member of Salt Lake City Police Department

Rita will work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking Stacy Haynes - 760-901-4307
December 11, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH Woman named Cari with short brown hair and yellow plaid shirt sitting on a bench next to her black labrador dog named Rita with Canine Companions for Independence blue and yellow vest on.

Meet Rita. She is a 2-year-old black Labrador Golden Retriever mix that is working with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Rita's job is to comfort community members who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, a press release stated.

The newest member of SLCPD offers support to those in need as they speak with detectives, Victim Advocate Cari Bobo told 2News.

Rita will also be available to help other victims and to participate in the Peer Support Program for officers who experience traumatic events.

She was donated to the police department by Canine Companions for Independence, which is located in Oceanside, Calif.

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