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Meet Cappy, The New Pittsburgh Police Dog Trained To Greet His Targets With A Lick

Megan Harris
90.5 WESA
Bloodhound puppy Cappy joined the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police this summer.


Hulking German Shepherd Dogs are a ubiquitous part of many police forces -- sniffing for drugs, bombs and all manner of bad guys -- but another breed greets its target with a lick.

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Pittsburgh police Sgt. Sean Duffy trains the department's K-9 dogs and handlers. His newest recruit, Cappy, is a 17-month-old bloodhound, which will aid officers in search and recovery.

  Pittsburgh K-9 trainer Sgt. Sean Duffy says his latest recruit, Cappy, a 17-month-old bloodhound puppy, will be an essential part of the force's search and recovery and missing persons efforts.

Later in the show, North Side chef Claudy Pierre is focused on sharing ways to prepare nutritious, affordable food. It's part of a program he started four years ago called E.A.T., which stands for Empowerment, Awareness and Training.

90.5 WESA reporter Virginia Alvino Young attended a candid Catholic gathering Sunday with Bishop David Zubik, who apologized again for his actions and inaction leading up to the sweeping grand jury report on “predator priests” in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

And Carrick is a hotspot for the local opioid epidemic. According to the Allegheny County health department, the neighborhood is host to more opioid-related overdoses than any other. Now it's next in line to get a new needle exchange site through nonprofit recovery group Prevention Point Pittsburgh, which already has three exchanges in Perry South, the Hill District and East Liberty.

Prevention Point's executive director, Aaron Arnold, joins Gus DiRenna, recovery director for Allegheny Recovery Krew and 90.5 WESA's health and science reporter Sarah Boden.

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Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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