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Service dog named after fallen IMPD officer, Breann Leath

Posted at 11:19 AM, Aug 21, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — A young pup will help carry on the legacy of an Indianapolis Metro officer who gave her life in the line of duty.

Thursday, IMPD and the Indiana Canine Assistance Network introduced Breezy, the service dog, to the community. The dog is named after officer Breann Leath, who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in April. ICAN has named several dogs after local fallen officers and service members.

"What we find in naming a dog in memory of someone such as Breann is there's a lot of healing that takes place. And the dog is that little four-legged animal that brings change and hope to the inmates that train the dog and then to the clients but also to the community," ICAN's Denise Sierp said.

Part of ICAN's program includes training dogs like Breezy at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis.

During officer Leath's career, she worked as a corrections officer at the prison.