Wild team dog, Celly, joins trooper’s family

The Minnesota Wild said goodbye to its team dog Tuesday morning.

Celly has been with the organization for the past year after the team adopted him as a 5-month-old from Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue.

During the year, Celly — a shepherd/Catahoula/Labrador mix — was raised to become a future service dog. Now, he’s joining the Minnesota-based nonprofit Soldier’s 6, which provides specially trained K9s to honorably discharged veterans, police officers and firefighters.

Celly’s new owner is Allen Thill, a Minnesota state trooper and Purple Heart recipient.

This was the third year of the Wild’s Adopt-A-Dog program.