Seeing a dog in a courtroom may seem difficult, but now it’s a reality. In fact, a very special employee, a Labrador Retriever named Hatty, was sworn in at the prosecutor’s office in Chicago.
This dog will work every day from 9am to 5pm and will have a very special task: pamper its colleagues but also victims of violence and children involved in court trials.
Hatty is the first emotional support dog enlisted in a court of law. He was trained as a pet therapy dog and worked extensively in prison. Now its new office will be the courtrooms where it will be involved especially during criminal proceedings involving children or in general people with mental health problems and those who have been the victim of aggression.
Lawyer Kim Foxx from Cook County attended the Hatty oath. Hatty stood up on her lower legs, put its foot on a law book and took her oath. A quick but very significant ceremony with which the office welcomed little Hatty.
A very important turning point that shows how animals are increasingly essential in all of our lives and how fundamental their love can be for those who have suffered aggression and are therefore more vulnerable.
According to estimates, Hatty will have to manage around 200 cases per year. A very demanding task that Hatty will surely complete in the best way, managing to help many people in difficulty, especially the little ones.
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