Lucky — a standard poodle who provided joy to hundreds in schools, hospitals and assisted living homes across the Midlands over the past 12 years — has passed away.
Lucky, along with handler Deputy Lewis Marshall, served citizens young and old and “has been instrumental in helping people deal with difficult issues and diseases by providing them unconventional therapy and love,” according to a press release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Marshall, who has been in law enforcement for more than 45 years, and Lucky were able to visit hospitals because the poodle did not shed and was trained not to fear wheelchairs or other hospital equipment. Lucky began the visits at 4 months of age.
The Therapy Dog Program will continue with Noelle, another standard poodle that was donated. Sheriff Leon Lott said in the release that Noelle will be introduced soon to the community.