Monroe County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new wellness dog

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Blue is a new member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. He’s a two-year-old wellness dog for the sheriff’s office and he’s trained to sniff out stress.

The benefit of having him here? Being around a dog can make your day better.

“Science has proven that petting a dog can actually have Oxytocin, those hormones in your brain that are feel-good chemicals, can make that go up and can actually make Cortisol, which promotes stress, go down,” said Dr. Kim Butler, director of Monore County Sheriff’s Office Health and Wellness.

Blue will be visiting all platoons and visiting critical incidents in the community. Despite Blue being a working dog, you are welcome to pet and interact with him.