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Dog to help kids in Hillsborough court system

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Courthouse dogs help calm kids during court proceedings. Courthouse dogs help calm kids during court proceedings.
Courthouse dogs help calm kids during court proceedings. Courthouse dogs help calm kids during court proceedings.
"Tibet" and his handler Brenda Kocher are recent graduates of the Canine Companions for Independence school in Orlando. Photo credit: Voices for Children of Tampa Bay "Tibet" and his handler Brenda Kocher are recent graduates of the Canine Companions for Independence school in Orlando. Photo credit: Voices for Children of Tampa Bay
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Florida's first "courthouse dog" made his debut Wednesday in Tampa.

"Tibet" and his handler Brenda Kocher are recent graduates of the Canine Companions for Independence school in Orlando.

Kocher is a guardian ad litem volunteer. She and Tibet will be working to comfort local abused, neglected and abandoned children in the court system.

Courthouse facility dogs help calm witnesses and facilitate the fact-finding process, because a composed witness can better describe an event to a judge or jury, according to the organization Voices for Children of Tampa Bay which provides support for abused children.


Tibet will be the first courthouse facility dog placed in Florida. He joins 51 courthouse facility dogs working in 21 states.

The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Seattle.

Learn more about Voices for Children: http://www.vfcgal.org/about-voices-for-children

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