published Monday, February 18th, 2013

Dogs make juvenile courthouse kid-friendly

A young child pets therapy dogs Gabana and Sammy while his case is heard in Williamson County Juvenile Court recently. Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee is using dogs in her courtroom to help calm children.  Photo by Shelley Mays/ The Tennessean
A young child pets therapy dogs Gabana and Sammy while his case is heard in Williamson County Juvenile Court recently. Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee is using dogs in her courtroom to help calm children. Photo by Shelley Mays/ The Tennessean
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — As children at the juvenile courthouse wait for a room full of adults to figure out their fate, there is generally little comfort to be found on the wooden benches, said Judge Sharon Guffee.

To help put those kids at ease, Guffee has invited dogs from the county's shelter.

Each Tuesday, when Guffee's docket is heaviest with cases involving foster care, abuse and neglect, volunteers from the shelter bring comfort on four legs.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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