Dogs on the Job
Dogs are on the job in the Courthouse providing support and encouragement. Their presence is giving some people the confidence to tell their story, and face the difficult, and daunting task of recounting a traumatic experience.
Canines for More Than Cops
We have seen many kinds of service dogs in our world giving back to the community. The concept of Courthouse Dogs was pioneered in 2003 right here in Washington State. A King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney working in Seattle came up with this tool for the Courthouse as the result of a trip to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) with her son.
Raise Your Right Paw
In December of 2004, Deputy Prosecutor Page Ulrey entered training with “Ellie”. They went through an extensive training program before graduating and returning home to King County to become what is believed to be the first official Courthouse dog.
Working Like a Dog
Courthouse dogs are in the business of providing emotional support with a soft look, a listening ear, an understanding wag, and comforting snuggle when needed. They work several days a week assisting with witness statements and calming others in the high stress environment of the courtroom.
When in the courtroom you need to speak in public which is difficult. Added to this stress is recounting the truth of possibly one your hardest days. Having a dog with you is like having an old friend there to help making it easier to talk, to remember, and to experience less anxiety.
Going to the Dogs
While it may seem surprising to see a courtroom going to the dogs, the results seem to be in the dogs favor. They are a positive influence in allowing the truth to be heard so that justice may be upheld.
We want to thank local members of this community who raise and train puppies to prepare them for many different acts of service. Thank you to the trainers who work tirelessly to perfect these dogs specialized skills. Thank you to the partners who know and love these dogs best and put their services to work. Thank you to the Courts for Going to the Dogs!
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If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation facing the judge, please don’t hesitate to give Rick a call. He is an experienced Criminal Defense attorney and has been handling Criminal cases since 1992.
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