An unusual new member of the team has been sworn in at the state’s attorney’s office in Chicago.
A Labrador retriever named Hatty has become the office’s first emotional support dog and was trained partly by inmates.
The two-year-old will work on a 9-to-5 human schedule but is being asked to do what comes naturally to most dogs: show affection.
Her job is to ease the strain of criminal proceedings on young children and those with mental health issues who have been victims of assault.
She will handle up to 200 cases annually.
Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx presided over the swearing-in.
Hatty stood on her hind legs over a table and placed her paw across a law book as an oath was administered.