Dog park in Charleston in honor of a deceased police officer
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A new dog park has been dedicated in memory of late Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson and her love for animals on Wednesday afternoon. Cato Park’s large, fenced-in playground is named Emma’s Place in memory of Johnson Emma’s chocolate lab.
“It’s Rascal; it’s one of Cassie’s babies. He’s very crazy and very funny, “said Lauren Rasberry. She is one of the few people who offered homes to Cassie Johnson’s beloved pets after her passing. Rasberry brought Rascal to the dog park for the dedication.
“He’s still glued to my hip. Everywhere I go he is always right next to me, ”she said.
The city organized a special ceremony on Wednesday afternoon to officially unveil the new dog park.
“She’s up there looking down on everyone and everything that is going on,” Johnson’s mother Sheryl Johnson said. “I know she’s just laughing and smiling today because she and Emma are setting over there watching this.”
Johnson’s friends, family and uniformed siblings were in attendance for the event.
“She discovered this great passion for policing and helping save animals and made it her career,” said Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “Today we are so happy to integrate this part of his absolute wonderful heritage.”
Adoptable dogs from the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association also came to try the park.
“I think today is amazing. I think it’s such a great opportunity that they put together. As you can see, all the dogs love to play here, ”said Rasberry.
There were also gift baskets, bandanas, and treats that people could take home with their pets.
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