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The Illinois State Attorney’s office in Chicago, has gone to the dogs.
A 2-year-old Labrador retriever by the name of Hatty was sworn in on Tuesday, the office of the prime’s emotional support dog, during a special ceremony.
Hatty will work a 9-to-5 job, to help and to comfort the children, and the mentally impaired, victims of abuse and violence, according to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.
Hatty, the labrador retriever was sworn in on Tuesday. (State’s Attorney Kim Foxx)
Hatty has received special training, and its primary function is to provide direct assistance to such persons as witnesses in court or in interviews with the prosecutors and other public officials,” the agency added.
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“Navigating the criminal justice system can be confusing and scary, especially for young people and others to victims of sexual assault, State Attorney Kim Foxx said in a statement. “The victims are the focus of our work, and I know, personally, that it is the retelling of a painful story of abuse and can lead to trauma in their lives all over again. We are pleased to Hatty to get us a team, they will provide you with comfort and peace to the victims of one of the most difficult times in their lives.”
Hatty the dog was the first assistance dog, which will help the children and mentally disabled victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. (State’s Attorney Kim Foxx)
The Labrador Retriever is expected to handle as many as 200 cases each year, and will appear in court at the end of “about once or twice a month,” prosecutors said.
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The St’s. Louis-based, non-profit, a Duo of Dogs, along with the state attorney’s office for the Hatty and the training and the costs involved. No taxpayers ‘ money was spent, the office said, adding that the employees held a fundraiser to support the cost of the food, the facilities and the comfort of the materials.”
Hatty spent 45 days on the job training. They will have to live with and be cared for by two staff members of the office, “who have received specialized training to handle the duties and responsibilities of the service animal at work and at home,” the agency said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.