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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ind. Courts - "'Courthouse dog' to make her debut"

Keith Roysdon reports today in the Muncie Star-Press n a story with video:

MUNCIE, Ind. — Frankie is ready to go to work.

The 21-month-old black Labrador is Delaware County's first "Courthouse Dog," a service dog to help young people through the juvenile justice system.

Frankie is the latest team member at the county's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) office. She joins the team full-time this week and will be introduced to the public at 3 p.m. Friday in the commissioners courtroom on the third floor of the Delaware County Building.

There was some consternation among county officials in late January when CASA sought and received $16,000 for a "courthouse dog," but CASA director Ashley Soldaat explained that courthouse dogs, who reduce stress and anxiety for children in the justice system, have become increasingly common in the past decade.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 30, 2017 08:51 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts