Bexar County Allows Dog to Calm Children Testifying in Court

Bexar County Allows Dog to Calm Children Testifying in Court
San Antonio Express-News

Chance the golden retriever has a new job in Bexar County court. County officials have approved a plan to let the dog serve as a calming influence for children who must testify in family court.‘‘It’s for those who need a friendly paw,’’ District Attorney Susan Reed said Tuesday.

The commissioners agreed to allow Chance in the courthouse after Reed and other children’s advocates convinced them that the dog’s presence wouldn’t expose the county to any undue liability.

The 8-year-old shaggy male will be the county’s first ‘‘society’’ dog, similar to those that work in hospitals, prisons and psychiatric wards to help calm difficult situations. Chance will spend time with children forced to testify during emotionally difficult cases involving their families.