Dogs receive training for program

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A pair of dogs from Georgia recently received training for a unique program that helps children who have suffered from sexual assault crimes.

The dogs are now eligible to serve as facility dogs due to training from the Blue Streak K-9 organization in Jonesboro. According to trainer Blake Bristow, Gracie and Chevy can provide companionship and comfort in courtrooms or during interviews with children.

Bristow said the dogs were taught obedience inside a courtroom and how to sit for long hours at a time while being petted.

"Most kids love dogs, and if a dog is able to sit still and let them love on them and still be able to talk to a stranger about some uncomfortable questions, that's where it comes in handy to get that evidence you need to prosecute those in these crimes," Bristow said.

The dogs are back in Georgia and will be receiving more training before they are able to go to work, Bristow said.

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