Since 2003 our office has employed two facility dogs, Ellie and Jeeter, to provide emotional support to everyone involved in the criminal justice system. They assist victims and their families, witnesses, drug court participants and children who are victims of sexual abuse. The dogs were bred, raised and trained by Canine Companions for Independence of Santa Rosa, California. They provide comfort for those in need of extra support as they participate in court hearings, meetings, interviews, and when witnesses testify in court.
Ellie is the first facility dog in the country to be formally placed at a prosecutor's office. Over the past five years that the dogs have been working at the office, they have reduced the fear and anxiety of countless numbers of children, vulnerable adults, and others in need of their support as they navigate the criminal justice system.
Photo by Dane and Dane Studio, Seattle.