Organization brings therapy dogs to children testifying in Central Florida courtrooms

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SHE KNEW THAT SHE WAS GOING ‘ JASON: JOANNE IS PART OF AN ALL-VOLUNTEER TEAM WHO TAKE 16 SERVICE DOGS AND ONE CAT TO ALMOST EVERY COUNTY COURT IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. >> WE WILL ‘

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A Central Florida organization is bringing therapy animals into the courtroom to help children testify on the witness stand.

Egan runs the Orange-Osceola County Juvenile Court, where Companions for Courage works to help children get through testifying.

“Having this program is invaluable for providing comfort to kids who are abused or neglected,” Joanne Rittenhouse said.

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“There was a little girl, she knew that she was going to have to face the man who hurt her and she was terrified to walk into that courtroom,” Rittenhouse said.

Thanks to one of the dogs, Karl, by her side, Rittenhouse said she was able to take the witness stand.

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Publisher: WESH
Date: 2019-09-12T12:09:00Z
Author: Jason Guy
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