Feb. 13, 2012
PAO Says Goodbye To A Special Friend
The PAO recently said goodbye to a special friend of the office -- Jeeter -- the pioneering courthouse dog whose abundant love led to a nationwide movement that recognizes the value of placing dogs within the justice system to provide comfort and unconditional assurance to victims of crime.
The PAO was introduced to Jeeter by Senior DPA Ellen O'Neill-Stephens, whose family adopted Jeeter to serve as companion to her son, Sean.
Jeeter's personality instantly won over Norm Maleng, who previously thought that dogs belonged in the barn. Norm's support led to the PAO's adoption of Ellie, the PAO's official service dog and encouraged O'Neill-Stephens to spearhead this national movement.
Our hearts go out to Ellen and her family. Jeeter was a wonderful, well-loved dog and a faithful companion who brought comfort to countless individuals. He will be missed by many. To learn more about Jeeter and the use of courthouse dogs throughout the country, please click here.
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