Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Lucky, a K9 therapy dog, has died after serving the Midlands community for 12 years.
Lucky and her handler Deputy Lewis Marshall have worked in the community by visiting patients at hospitals and nursing homes as well as students at Richland County Schools for over 11 years.
Deputy Marshall said he felt very "Lucky" to have a partner that improved the quality of life for so many people.
Lucky has been visiting schools and facilities since she was four months old.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated, "this innovative approach to helping citizens young and old has been instrumental in helping people deal with difficult issues and disease by providing them unconventional therapy and love."
The K9 Therapy program will continue with "Noelle" a Standard Poodle that was donated to the department.
The Sheriff's Office says Noelle will be introduced to the community soon.