LIVE: RI’s Zarrella Shows Special Connection To K-9s In Documentary “Searchdog”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 

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Matthew Zarrella

Matthew Zarrella, a now-retired Rhode State Police Sergeant, says he’s always had a special connection to dogs, even as a child. It’s that connection that turned into a career that helped saved the lives both people and animals.

Zarrella’s, who developed the Rhode Island State Police’s first search and rescue K-9 program, rescued and rehabilitated dogs on verge of euthanasia. He trained those dogs and others to become part of the search and rescue K9 team. 

His story told over the course of four years, is now the documentary “Searchdog” made by Rhode Island filmmaker Mary Healy Jamiel.

While no longer working in law enforcement, Zarrella owns the business American Patriot K9 Training that offers a range of services including sessions for domestic clients and classes in K9 Search and Rescue.  

 

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