Puppies Behind Bars Honors Det. Steven McDonald

Puppies Behind Bars Honors Det. Steven McDonald


Steven, you know, after he was shot and when he came home from the hospital, what he did was he went around speaking and helping, and I think helping and healing people — not only himself, but other people. By him going around speaking, it helped him, but it also helped other people. So, I think this dog being named after Steven is continuing Steven’s work. My dad’s story’s about forgiveness and healing one another, and I think the fact that McDonald is going to be able to heal people in stress, I think my father would just be so excited about that because that’s what he wanted to do ever since he was shot. McDonald is a mellow guy. He is fun to be around and loving. He loves to cuddle. I actually raised McDonald. He’s just a good-natured dog. So, I first met McDonald when I came to the correctional facility here at Bedford Hills, and Crystal — who’s his puppy raiser — introduced us, and we got a chance to start bonding right away. It wasn’t 100 percent that I was gonna get him. When I came here, I knew that it was a possibility, and so, the opportunity to get to know him over the first couple days, see if it was a good match, and then to have the woman who raised him for two years — to have her here to tell me what he was good at, and all of the things that a puppy parent would like to know — she’s been invaluable to helping me get to where I am, where I’m confident handling him. I feel a great responsibility now for making sure that I do good with him. I know he’s gonna do great. It’s just a matter of me trying to keep up, and do all the right things to continue the legacy of Steven McDonald — so, I’m very excited. My hope is that he’ll bring a sense of relief to the officers that I work with. If they have a bad day, if they they respond to a tragic incident, I might be there with him to alleviate some of that stress. Spreading the good stuff that cops do, and hopefully he can be the catalyst for people to come and you know reach out to us when they might not have otherwise.

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