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judges 2011


Media 23 ~ YNHH #2.jpg
Entry Category Therapy Dogs
Charity Partner The Good Dog Foundation
Location Southbury, Connecticut


December 14, 2012: 26 killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

May 17, 2013: 2 trains collide in Fairfield, CT. 700 passengers involved, 72 injured.

Spartacus was the initial K-9 First Responder on scene for both of these mass casualty events.
Working with crisis counselors at Sandy Hook, Spartacus lessened the fear and anguish of
the surviving children. He stayed in Newtown until the last day of school making sure his "kids" always had a furry friend to hangout with.

His invaluable work there was the genesis of a ground breaking law making crisis response canines mandated "First Responders" in CT. This law is the first of its kind in the nation.

Bridgeport Hospital utilized Spartacus for those needing comfort after the horrific train tragedy. Those not knowing what was happening sat next to him quietly stoking his fur.

Spartacus' special connection with students in a pilot anti-bullying program led the city of Milford, CT to be the first school district in the nation to institute a therapy dog program for all of their schools. One Milford school even made Spartacus their official mascot.

Spartacus visits Yale-New Haven Hospital weekly and is pictured here checking in for work. His impact on patients and staff is difficult to measure in words. One patient was non-responsive for weeks. When Spartacus arrived, a nurse took the patient’s hand and stroked Spartacus for several minutes. The patient revived, responded to commands and was eventually discharged. Spartacus connected with him when nothing else worked.

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