I can't believe I have to share the news of the passing of Spartacus, he was a beloved fixture in our state for so many years and a true gift to all. You will be missed. #heartbroken
Connecticut lawmakers witnessed how effective the dogs were in calming and comforting Newtown students and staff. The Connecticut Legislature passed legislation in June 2013 mandating the rapid response of specially trained volunteer Critical Incident Response Canine Teams to events under the auspices of the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). The program has since expanded.
The K9FR model was formalized into a rapid response concept. Teams were requested after the following events: Las Vegas concert massacre, Boston Marathon Bombing; Snyrna, DE prison takeover, hostage event & homicide, and Metro North train derailment in Fairfield, CT and CISM/Peer support/EAP situations. There have been additional deployments to schools after untimely deaths of students and teachers.