PRESS RELEASE – June 27, 2017
The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office has recently undertaken new efforts to assist and protect our most vulnerable victims. Due to the emotional trauma sometimes involved in court proceedings, child and sexual abuse victims often struggle to participate in the court processes necessary to protect their rights and our community.
To make this struggle easier on victims, our Special Victim’s Unit has recently added a courtroom dog to the Prosecutor’s staff in order to support these victims. Nanook (Nook), was acquired through the Indiana Canine Assistance Network, an organization that is accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Puppies in ICAN begin their training in the men’s and women’s prisons, assisting both the dogs and the prisoners. After significant training, Nook was able to graduate in June of 2017.
The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office is one of only a few Prosecutor’s Offices to have a facility dog, and is grateful to ICAN for the fantastic work that they do and for their help in making the trial process as easy as possible for victims.
To watch Nook’s television interview with RTV6, click here
To watch Nook’s television interview with IndyStar, click here
To read CBS4’s story on Nook, click here
To read FOX59’s story on Nook, click here