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Courthouse Dog Errol leans on the lap of Page Ulrey with friends.


King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Page Ulrey was a handler for Ellie, the nation's first Courthouse dog, trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Ellie died peacefully on her 13th birthday last November.

This week, Page introduced Errol to the courthouse staff, along with service dogs Molly and Gabrielle from Canine Companions for Independence who came to Errol's welcome party.

Errol has been trained to assist those with mental disabilities, the elderly, teens and young children–essentially anyone who might find a dog comforting–as they are called upon to provide courtroom testimony or go through a witness interview.

Courthouse Dogs was started by Ellen O'Neill-Stephens when she was in the King County Prosecutor's Office. There are now 100 Courthouse Dogs across the United States and the concept is expanding to other countries worldwide.

Courthouse dogs, Errol and Molly look very focused.


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