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By Laurie Mason Schroeder
The Allentown Morning Call 

Allowing dogs in courtrooms brings calm, concerns


August 13, 2017

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After months of telling her story over and over to police officers and lawyers, it was finally time for the 12-year-old Bucks County girl to walk into the courtroom and testify against her rapist.

She was petrified.

While she waited to be called into court, the girl curled up on a chair and hugged her knees. Then Bud, a greyhound from Roxy Therapy Dogs, was brought to her side.

"She started petting Bud and you could just see the tension draining out of her face," said Sharon Fleck, executive director of the nonprofit that brings dogs to the Bucks County Justice Cent...

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