The Dearborn-Ohio County Child Advocate Program appointed their first certified therapy dog.
LouLou’s job is to comfort minors involved in the court system. Judge James Humphrey on Monday conducted LouLou's swearing-in ceremony, which included an official contract the pup ‘signed’ with her paw print.
“I further agree to be a good listener and to not share any of the secrets I have been told. I further pledge to do my best to help the children of Dearborn and Ohio counties,” the contract stated in-part.
There is a growing national trend of canines in the courthouse. Oftentimes, the dog comforts young victims of traumatic abuse or neglect as they take the witness stand or undergo interviews.
"Most people with pets, they say their stress is less their blood pressure is down. We are trying to do that with the kids, reduce their stress and make them feel like this is something I can do," said program executive director Katrina McIntosh.
LouLou became a certified therapy dog in December of 2014.
She has already spent hours comforting patients at hospitals, being read to by children and providing comfort to children in the court system, according to the program.