Recently, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office hired a hardworking, trustworthy, and adorable team member: a 2-year-old Labrador named Hatty. She was recently sworn into the office, placing her right paw over a law book during the ceremony.
Hatty isn’t just for show, either. She will be doing a very important job by providing support to children who are victims of sexual assault.
The loving and doe-eyed therapy dog Hatty will be there for the victims as they testify in court. She will also be available to them during interviews with prosecutors and officials.
“Navigating the criminal justice system can be confusing and scary, especially for young people and other victims of sexual assault,” State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said via WTKR.
“Victims are the center of our work, and I know personally that retelling a painful story of abuse can cause trauma all over again.”
“We’re excited to welcome Hatty to our team where she will provide comfort and peace to victims during one of the most difficult times in their lives,” said Foxx.
The pup was trained by prison inmates in southwestern Illinois in conjunction with Duo Dogs, a nonprofit organization that trains highly skilled service dogs. Now, she is ready to provide the support to countless victims as they deal with their pain.
Hatty will work a full-time human schedule she is expected to handle 150-200 cases every year. Prosecutors estimate that Hatty will need to appear in court to support victims at least twice a month.
The prosecutors and staff hope that Hatty’s presence will lessen the trauma for those coming to an unfamiliar institution to re-live a harrowing experience. Her professional training, sweet face, and loving demeanor will hopefully make an extremely painful process much more tolerable for the victims.
We know you’re going to do a good job, Hatty!