Dog offers comfort to victims in Kauai courtrooms

Dog offers comfort to victims in Kauai courtrooms

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has added a new member to its team to provide emotional support for victims and witnesses in the courtroom.

The Garden Island reports that Ollie the courthouse dog joined the office Tuesday and Deputy Prosecutor Joanne Sheng will be his handler.

Ollie was trained by Assistance Dogs of Hawaii to help victims and witnesses feel comfortable telling their stories in court. Sheng says the dog is able to rest his head on a person's lap and put his paws on someone's leg to offer support.

Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar says Ollie will be of service in all court proceedings, including at trials and motion hearings.

Courthouse facility dogs can also be found in prosecutor offices on Oahu and the Big Island.

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