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Comfort dog praised for work in Lake County courtrooms

Comfort dog praised for work in Lake County courtrooms

Spreading smiles and a bit of drool, Mitchell made the rounds Friday morning in Lake County's veterans and drug specialty court rooms. The 2-year-old yellow Labrador, now a member of the Lake County State's Attorney's Office as a comfort dog, made his first appearance in drug court and his second in veterans court. The specialty courts were set up to better meet the needs of defendants who may deal with problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse or mental illnesses. Mitchell's primary duty is to comfort child victims being interviewed at the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center, but the state's attorney's office is also...

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