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DA’s office receives training for new Courthouse dog

DA’s office receives training for new Courthouse dog

Lee Erwin Reporting
lerwin@clarksvillenow.com

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The District Attorney General’s Office held a information/training program at the Montgomery County Courts Complex Thursday, October 10, about plans for a Courthouse dog the DA’s office will soon be getting.

City and County officials along with members of local law enforcement sat in on the session to learn more about how incorporating a Courthouse dog will help in the prosecution of crimes.

The Courthouse Dogs Foundation assists crime victims, witnesses and others, especially children, during stressful stages of legal proceedings such as interviews and trials. The dogs are handled by professionals and are trained by assistance dog organizations.

The dog pictured above is one of the dogs from the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, Molly B, who was at the sessions Thursday. Courthouse dogs like Molly B are specially trained to help individuals with physical, psychological, or emotional trauma that has resulted from criminal conduct.

Kimberly Lund, Assistant District Attorney, will be leaving October 27 for Orlando, Florida for two weeks of dog training. Lund said at this time she did not have a lot of information about the dog but it would be either a Lab or Golden Retriever. The dogs have been previously and Lund will have to learn about the dog and that training.

District Attorney General John Carney talked about the Courthouse dogs program. ”It’s a wonderful program that’s been very successful across the nation and we are very fortunate to be in a position be able to obtain one of these dogs’” Carney said. Carney added that the program will not involve any taxpayer money.

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