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Comfort dogs for jurors ?

Postby M-Quigley » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:19 pm

When did this start becoming a thing? I guess I understand a comfort dog for a traumatized witness if he/she/it needs one but a juror?

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The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial says the six alternate jurors will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog before being sent back to their hotel.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Thursday he planned to meet with the alternates to "let them know they're still important." After O'Neill mentioned the dog, Cosby stood up at the defense table and made a comical, barking-like motion with his mouth.
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Re: Comfort dogs for jurors ?

Postby TSiWRX » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:32 pm

Forget a high-profile case like this....

After hearing the tales of woe from just friends/family who have had jury duty, well, just thinking about their tales makes me want to pet my comfort dog! :lol:
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Re: Comfort dogs for jurors ?

Postby sodbuster95 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:26 pm

Lucas County has been using a comfort dog for several months now. He's brought in for Grand Jury proceedings, witnesses, jurors, etc. Wherever he might be needed.

Meet Ezra, the beloved comfort dog at the Lucas Co. Courthouse
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Re: Comfort dogs for jurors ?

Postby bignflnut » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:39 am

A) All courthouse dogs should be named McGruff.
B) What's the budget for this and who is having their property or person threatened to pay for it?
C) Bob Barker will soon encourage animals to breed, because each citizen born after a certain date will need 2.4 animals to help them cope with the emotional swings in life. There will be workplace dogs, parking lot dogs, coffee shop dogs, grocery store dogs, banking dogs, BMV dogs, restaurant dogs, hole-in-the wall bar dogs, clothing store dogs, etc... You online shoppers are really going to miss out! (guess you'll have to make due with silly dog videos)

We've replaced "home of the brave" with "home of the comfort dog"?
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Re: Comfort dogs for jurors ?

Postby sodbuster95 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:10 pm

bignflnut wrote:A) All courthouse dogs should be named McGruff.
B) What's the budget for this and who is having their property or person threatened to pay for it?
C) Bob Barker will soon encourage animals to breed, because each citizen born after a certain date will need 2.4 animals to help them cope with the emotional swings in life. There will be workplace dogs, parking lot dogs, coffee shop dogs, grocery store dogs, banking dogs, BMV dogs, restaurant dogs, hole-in-the wall bar dogs, clothing store dogs, etc... You online shoppers are really going to miss out! (guess you'll have to make due with silly dog videos)

We've replaced "home of the brave" with "home of the comfort dog"?


In Lucas County, a charitable organization (Lutheran Church Charities) acquired, trained, and maintains the dog (including food and veterinary care). A deputy acts is his handler when he's "working", but I believe that Deputy serves as court security and would otherwise be in court even if not acting as the handler. So, the cost is de minimis at worst.
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