Macomb County Juvenile Court Welcomes Izzy The Therapy Dog

"Coming to court can be an intimidating experience for kids."

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December 02, 2019 - 6:38 pm
Izzy The Therapy Dog

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WWJ) -- A furry friend is the newest member of the Macomb County 16th Judicial Circuit Court's Juvenile Divsion.

Officials announced Monday that Izzy the Therapy Dog is joining the team to help provide comfort and support to youth and families who are receiving services through the Juvenile Division.

Izzy, a golden doodle, was rescued from a dog hoarding situation in Macomb County, where she had spent most of her time locked in a crate. The court adopted Izzy from Macomb County Animal Control and she has been preparing for her role as a therapy dog with her handler and case work supervisor, Amy Mitchell.

Izzy went through about three weeks of residential training with her handler and they are currently participating in biweekly training sessions in order to maximize the dog's therapeutic benefits. The court says Izzy and her handler have already made an impact.

"Vulnerable, fragile, and anxious victims and litigants have expressed sincere gratitude for Izzy’s presence," the court said in a press release.

"Coming to court can be an intimidating experience for kids," Chief Judge James Biernat Jr. said in a statement. "It is my hope that Izzy can be a soothing influence and ease anxieties for troubled youth. We are pleased to offer this important resource to the families that we serve."