Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to lead therapy dogs program in NSW courts

A therapy dog program will be introduced at Campbelltown Court in early 2019. Picture: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
A therapy dog program will be introduced at Campbelltown Court in early 2019. Picture: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

The introduction of therapy dogs at Campbelltown Court will soon become a reality.

The NSW Government announced on Wednesday it would work with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to provide the new Canine Court Companion Program.

According to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, a therapy dog engages with people and responds to their needs.

The dogs will aim to provide companionship and comfort to victims, defendants and other court users.

The program will be rolled out across 10 NSW courts in early 2019, including Campbelltown.

Guide Dogs chief executive Dale Cleaver said the presence of a dog could help calm people and lower anxiety.

"I'm looking forward to seeing our dogs soon bring comfort and companionship to court users  throughout NSW," he said.

Macarthur Law Society president Brett McGrath recently told the Advertiser he was pleased the Macarthur region had been included in the program’s rollout.

“If it’s successful we’d certainly like to see it rolled out elsewhere in the region – the demand is here,” he said.

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