The Power of Canines to Calm Courtrooms

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Courtrooms  are stressful and scary places where victims and witnesses come face to face  with murderers and sex offenders.

But Pierce County will soon use  a specially trained dog to provide a calming and comforting influence during  interviews, arraignments, sentencings and perhaps even trials.

Meet Kiley, a 2-year-old yellow  Labrador retriever.

She will be the courthouse dog  in the County-City Building in Tacoma, at least on a temporary basis. She’s been  raised, trained and certified so she can work in a courthouse.

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