Courthouse dog to join local legal process

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The courthouse in Cumberland County will soon offer those involved in the legal process some additional support.

A dog will be available to help primarily crime victims and witnesses get through various legal proceedings but it will be available to defendants as well.

It will be the second courthouse in the state to employ a courthouse dog.

Local prosecutors, the sheriff and workers with the local Department of Children's Services have endorsed the program.

A representative from the Children's Advocacy Center in Cookeville will soon begin training with the dog that will be assigned to the courthouse.

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