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Courthouse ‘comfort’ dogs aid witnesses (access required)

(AP) A chance encounter between a big, friendly dog and a mentally withdrawn teen who had been sexually assaulted was the light bulb moment for Powhatan County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Cerullo, who discovered canines can have a discernible calming effect on traumatized victims of crime. In November 2020, Cerullo brought his new dog Olive — ...

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