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Special Dogs Help Calm Traumatized Witnesses Testifying in Court

Ellen O'Neill Stephens and Celeste Walsen are working to make courtrooms a more comfortable place for testifying victims. Both women created a program—known as Courthouse Dogs—which allows canines to calm witnesses during a high-pressure situation. "When a person is reliving a traumatic event, they experience physiological reactions similar to what they had when the event was taking place," Stephens told Upworthy., August 19, 2015

SEE IT: Service dog tries to stop woman with Asperger's syndrome from self–harm
A courageous woman who posted a YouTube video showing her loyal service dog using his paws to stop her from hitting herself during one of her recurring meltdowns has gone viral for her bravery. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 16, 2015

Therapy Dog Helps Woman Testify at Assailant's Sentencing Hearing
Wrenching as it was, the scene was not an uncommon one at a sentencing hearing inside a Brooklyn courtroom on Tuesday. A 30–year–old woman was describing the horrific ordeal she and her 5–year–old daughter endured for five months in 2012, bound by duct tape, assaulted and hidden away from the outside world.
As she recounted being assaulted and choked, the woman reached out and hugged an unusual courtroom visitor — a 5–year–old Australian Labradoodle named Paz. New York Times, JUNE 9, 2015

Suffolk County (MA) DA hires dog to comfort people in distress
"In his first interview with Suffolk County investigators, the little boy was too traumatized to talk much. The fourth–grader was a victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, but he could not bring himself to tell his story.
Until he met Indy, a 2–year–old golden retriever and Labrador mix, specially trained to comfort people in emotional distress. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley hired him last month, as the first "facility dog" to be placed in a Massachusetts district attorney's office or any governmental agency in New England."
Boston Globe, September 18, 2014.

U.S. courtroom dogs spark legal debate
Reuters, September 12, 2011

Prosecutor's New Assistant on Staten Island: Therapy Dog
New York Times, May 20, 2011

Special dogs can catch 'wake' of explosives, April 13, 2010

For the Battle–Scarred, Comfort at Leash's End
New York Times, April 2, 2010

Court–system canine helps put kids at ease
The Baltimore Sun, June 2, 2008

Dogs Give Prosecutors a Hand in Difficult Cases
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 03, 2007

Judge Rejects S.F. Man's Defense of Emotional Support
San Francisco Chronicle, August 9, 2002

University of Minnesota: Horse Sense Led to Unique Degree
St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 3, 2002

Scientists Put Sniffer Dogs On The Scent Of Men With Cancer
The Telegraph, June 2, 2002

Dogs Help Terrorist Attack Victims
The Associated Press, October 27, 2001

Horses Help Disabled Learn Motor Skills
The Associated Press, July 16, 2001

Dog Delights Alzheimers Patients
The Associated Press, June 14, 2001

Prescription Protocols for Psychiatric Service Animals
Online slide show presentation originally delivered October 28, 2000 at the American Psychiatric Nurses' Association annual conference.

Dog Comforts Abused Children
The Clarion-Ledger, November 4, 1994

Mary Beth Testifies
An excerpt from the novel Sacrifice (Knopf, 1991) by Andrew Vachss

A Prosecutor's Best Friend
Newsday, November 12, 1989

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Canine Support Teams, Inc.
Southern California Office
P.O. Box 891767
Temecula, CA 92589-1767
Phone: (909) 587-2962
Northern California Office
P.O. Box 956
Galt, Ca 95632-0956
Phone: (209) 745-3701
Canine Support Teams (CST) is a California based non–profit organization that provides specially trained dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness. All dogs accepted into the training program pass rigorous health and temperament tests. These dogs are part of the CST breeding program or are donated by private breeders.

Canine Therapy Corps, Inc.
1700 W. Irving Park Road #311
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Phone: (773) 404-6467
Non–profit organization dedicated to motivating individuals with special challenges through animal–assisted therapy programs using certified therapy dogs.

The Good Dog Foundation
607 - 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 788-2988
The Good Dog Foundation is the largest animal-assisted therapy organization in the New York Tri–State area. Therapy dog training and certification, research into the human–animal bond, adult and pediatric hospital and hospice visitation programs.

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network
Multiple locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
Phone: 603-893-2900

Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta
415 - 8170 - 50 Street
Edmonton AB T6B 1E6
Phone: (780) 413-4682
Fax: (780) 440-3341

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Mailing Address: PO Box 33150
Denver, Colorado 80233
National Office Physical Address: 7475 Dakin Street Suite #600
Denver, CO 80221
Toll Free: (800) 369-RIDE (7433)
Fax: (303) 252-4610

P.O. Box 1428
Lakeside, CA 92040
Phone: (619) 596-2025
Therapeutic horseback riding for physically and developmentally disabled youth, ages 3–18. Free of charge. San Diego County.

Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
88 Bartley Road
Flanders, NJ 07836
Phone: (973) 252-9800
Non–profit volunteer group providing qualified handlers and Therapy Dogs for visitations to institutions, facilities, and any other place Therapy Dogs are needed.

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