Mattis K. Nine, first therapy dog for Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office, celebrates first birthday

Mattis and handler Deputy Darrah Metz (Franklin County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

FRANKLIN CO., OH (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating a special birthday Sunday: Mattis K. Nine, the first therapy dog for the sheriff’s office, is 1 year old.

Mattis came to the department in April last year and was deputized in October after he completed his therapy dog certification. He is the department’s first therapy dog.

“His job is to make people happy,” said his handler Deputy Darrah Metz in April.

Mattis now has partner in his therapy work — a Pomeranian mix named Stark. Both of the dogs work with crime victims.

“Dogs in a therapy dog situation will ease that anxiety,” Deputy Metz said. “They’ll open up more and be able to talk to detectives.”

Mattis will celebrate his birthday at Kidsaplooza at Polaris Fashion Place on Sunday at 3pm. You can follow Mattis’ progress his Facebook page. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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