Eau Claire group looks to add comfort dogs to legal settings

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A local group is pushing to bring dogs into Eau Claire County courtrooms.

Dog trainers and government workers are creating a committee called "Canines at the Courthouse," Or "CATCH" for short, with hopes to have facility dogs available to kids in court to make them feel more comfortable. The dogs would be available to accompany kids who are under emotional stress during court proceedings.

"You know a lot of the times they are having to recall horrific things that have happened or things that are really emotionally difficult, and just having a dog there will hopefully help kind of ease some of those things that they have to do coming through the court system," professional dog trainer Heather Mishefske said.

"CATCH" will need to present the proposal to the Eau Claire County Board to gain approval, and so far they say they have received overwhelming support.

The committee will hold a fundraiser on September 3 at the Fairfax Pool Dog Swim, where half of the proceeds will be used to help pay for a potential facility dog.

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