Courthouse Dogs

This week a dear friend of Siouxsie had a child abuse case in which the minor victim testified with the aid of a dog.

Apparently four-legged advocates are becoming a trend.

Siouxsie first read about courthouse dogs on Matthew Stoloff’s blog, which focuses on topics about special education, service animals, and disability rights.

Attorneys use courthouse dogs to comfort to crime victims while they undergo forensic interviews and/or testify in court.  The dogs are often used with child witnesses. is great resource on the topic.


~ by siouxsielaw on August 29, 2010.

3 Responses to “Courthouse Dogs”

  1. I hadn’t ever heard of this. It is sad that there is such a large demand for these dogs.

  2. It is a big let down that they use breeder dogs instead of rescues. Rescue dogs are perfectly capable of being well trained, wonderful therapy dogs. Using rescue dogs would allow for the two victims to help and comfort each other.

  3. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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