Quote of the Day

[Trigger warning for sexual violence.]

"She just kept hugging Rosie."Dr. David A. Crenshaw, a psychologist who worked with a teenager who had been raped and impregnated by her father, and was able to testify against him in court with the help of Rosie, "a golden retriever therapy dog who specializes in comforting people when they are under stress. ... Prosecutors here noted that she is also in the vanguard of a growing trial trend: in Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Idaho and some other states in the last few years, courts have allowed such trained dogs to offer children and other vulnerable witnesses nuzzling solace in front of juries."

image of Rosie, outside the courthouse
Rosie, a dog that accompanies children as they testify in court, with Lori Stella, a social worker, outside the Dutchess County Courthouse in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. [Kelly Shimoda for The New York Times]
[H/Ts to Steph Herold and Shaker SusanMc, in comments.]

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