Who's a good girl?
With her paw resting on law books, Hatty the Labrador retriever was sworn into Chicago’s State Attorney’s Office Tuesday.
The 2-year-old has a 9-5 schedule, doing what she does best—bringing comfort to those who need it.
Hatty will work to ease the stress of children and people living with mental health disorders who have been survived sexual assault.
“Meet Hatty, the newest member of the @cookcountysao! Hatty is a facility dog who will be joining the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit and comforting child sexual assault victims as they navigate the criminal justice system,” Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx tweeted.
Foxx says her office operates on a “trauma-informed, victim-centered” model.
“Coming to this work with compassion and understanding of victims' experiences helps to ensure the system is fair and just to everyone. Hatty was trained to help provide comfort and relaxation while victims are in the courthouse or while they are giving their testimony,” Foxx wrote.
According to the Associated Press, Hatty is the office’s first emotional support dog, trained in part by inmates.
Hatty will handle up to 200 cases a year.