Sheriff uses social media to name K9 E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

After a week of voting and more than 300 nominations, the name that earned the most votes in the Collier County, Florida Sheriff’s Office “Name The Service Dog” contest was Lola. According to Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, Lola earned 73 “likes” on the Collier County Facebook page, making it the name for a spunky golden retriever puppy in the agency’s service dog program. It was first submitted by John Gray, 24, of Naples.

Other top vote getters included Trinity, Charity, C.C. and Liberty.

Sheriff Rambosk came up with the contest concept as an out of the box way of engaging the community through social media.

“We are constantly looking for ways to increase our ties with the community,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “So much of what we do as law enforcement is serious by nature.

“I saw this as an opportunity to collaborate with the community on a project that’s fun.”

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Naples-based PAWS Assistance Dogs Inc. to train inmates as dog handlers and to have the inmates train the dogs to become service dogs for wounded veterans and children with disabilities. It’s a great program where everyone wins.

The program provides dogs to veterans and children in need, while allowing inmates to give back to the community and gain a sense of responsibility by teaching them to care for the animals.

The program is an extension of CCSO’s Second Chance Cell Dog program, in which inmates care for and train shelter dogs to prepare them for adoption.

The cell dog program is a partnership with the Humane Society Naples and the Southwest Florida Professional Dog Trainers Alliance.

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