Commission considering the purchase of a dog

The purchase of a trained dog to be used for therapeutic and calming purposes is being considered by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

The potential action is based on an agreement with Linda Baker, victims’ rights coordinator who works for the county prosecutor’s office.

Baker said three other counties in the state have dogs used for victims or witnesses who need a calming presence when they meet with prosecutors and investigators for interviews related to a case.

Baker has agreed to keep the dog, as well as pay for its food and medical care. It would accompany her to work and be available on an as-needed basis for victims or witnesses who are nervous or intimidated during the interview process.

County commissioners are expected to discuss whether to make the $500 purchase of the dog, which would come from a professionally trained school.

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