AUSSIE STATE UNLEASHES COURT DOG THERAPY TO HELP CALM PEOPLE
Last Updated: 2018-07-11
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SYDNEY, Australia July 11 (NNN-Bernama) -- Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state is rolling out a dog therapy programme to give more bite in calming people, including witnesses and suspects at its courthouses, authorities said Wednesday.

Trained labradors will patrol at least 10 courthouses across the state, "looking to help anyone who's stressed and in need of fur therapy," the state's Attorney-General, Mark Speakman said in a statement.

Xinhua news agency reports that the therapy follows a successful pilot programme which "received unanimous support, with anxious victims and witnesses feeling more relaxed and ready to give evidence after patting the helpful hounds," he said.

"We know that the presence of a dog can help calm people and lower anxiety," said Guide Dogs NSW/ACT CEO Dale Cleaver, whose organisation is working with the state government on the programme and helping to train the canines.

"I'm looking forward to seeing our dogs soon bring comfort and companionship to court users at other courts throughout NSW," he added.--NNN-BERNAMA