Officer Anthony Gaudino and K9 Kady

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – Channel 3 caught up with Officer Anthony Gaudino and the one and only K9 Kady, the newest addition to the Hartford Police Department.

Officer Gaudino has been a police officer for 11 years and Kady is his first K9 partner.

“My hopes for Kady and I are basically to bring officer welfare, community outreach and victim services to life here at the Hartford Police Department,” Constable Gaudino said.

The whole department took note, of the officers, of the dispatch and even of the chief! You can feel the joy as she walks the halls and immediately see how the team responds to her.

“As soon as I bring Kady around everyone has a smile on their face so I mean everyone generally loves dogs and if they don’t I respect that but a lot of people who met her, they smile, they pet her, she wags her tail and just brings a bit of light to their day,” Constable Gaudino said.

This incredible K9 duo is often found in the Hartford public school system.

Channel 3 visited MD Fox Elementary School and saw how excited teachers and students were to see K9 Kady.

Fourth grade teacher Margaret Smith shared what Kady means to students.

“It’s been an anxious time for my kids, it’s just a wonderful way to help calm them down,” Smith said.

It’s also what Kady brings to the city’s emergency dispatchers too, we checked with Public Safety Supervisor Scott Burns.

“Well, that’s helpful. There’s a lot of, you know, very stressful calls. You can have anything from an overdose to a baby that’s not breathing, drowning, something like that, and often, unlike first responders on the street, we don’t get that closure over the phone,” Burns said.

Officer Gaudino was chosen to be part of the Puppies Behind Bars program, a small organization that teams up with incarcerated people who train the dogs.

Officer Gaudino and Kady were paired on August 10 of this year and haven’t looked back.

“She’s like a great icebreaker, a transition to every person I meet in the city of Hartford. It just broadens my horizon in community policing in general,” Gaudino said.

K9 Kady has a few privileges too, she never needs to make an appointment to see Hartford PD chef Thody, her door is always open and she’s allowed on the couch.

“I think for a long time, you know, I’ve been in this business for a while and even myself, you forget the impact that some of the things that we see and have to do can have on you, and we’re not fast ask for help,” Chief Thody said.

To follow the adventures of Officer Gaudino and K9 Kady, you will find them on Instagram.

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