LOS ANGELES: The twins were 7, shy and scared. Talking was tough and describing what happened nearly impossible.
So the prosecutor preparing them to testify against the father they said molested them borrowed a dog named Jeeter.
"It was a last ditch effort to try to build rapport with my kids, who are terribly shy," said Kelly Dempsey, the twins' mother. "The prosecutor had no idea how to get through to them. ... He just believed down to the depths of his soul the girls had been wronged and he wanted so badly to find justice for them."
In Seattle 10 years ago, Jeeter became the first professionally trained dog to help a child testify, experts said. Dogs have been used with thousands of victims and witnesses since.
Today, there are 41 courthouse dogs working in 19 states and several more being considered, but some challenges are working their way through the courts, driven by attorneys who claim the dogs are distractions or sympathy magnets. So far, all lower courts have upheld the use of dogs.To read more or comment...
Wishing Well Program — Acme Fresh Market collected just under $16,000 in its 2012 program that was donated to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, Stark County Humane Society, Portage County Animal Protective League and the Parma Animal Shelter. The amount, collected when customers drop spare change into a wishing well, is a 37 percent increase over 2011.
We Speak Doggy — Posche Paws Pet Resort and Spa will present a free dog safety program at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at 3712 Commerce Drive in Copley Township. The one-hour, interactive program, presented by Patty Vesalo of CleverPup 101 Family Dog Training of Bath Township, will kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Children will meet therapy dogs, decorate doggie cookies for their pets and view a video. For additional information, call 330-620-6180 or 330-670-8200.To read more or comment...
This is a video of a cat being caught in a box trap. No big deal right? Can you spot the orange culprit in the background?
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Model needed — Pet nutrition supplements company NoviPet is seeking a pet whose image will adorn the packaging of the company’s new puppy nutritional supplement. Owners can enter the contest by submitting a picture of their puppy on NoviPet’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NoviPetNutrition/app_451684954848385 before 3 a.m. May 13. The winner will win a professional photo shoot in their hometown, a $1,500 cash prize, a one-year supply of NoviPet canine supplements, a one-month subscription to DOGTV and a streaming player to stream the show to a TV set.
Mother’s Day garden party — Moms and their families are invited to a breakfast buffet from 9 to 10 a.m. May 12 in the Akron Zoo’s education center, Komodo Kingdom, where they will be entertained by disc jockey Kenny Kidd. Mothers will receive a gift and the opportunity to spend their special day at the zoo at 50 percent off admission. Activities will include entertainment, crafts and tea and snacks provided by Main Street Gourmet. Reservations are required and are $19 for adults and $16 for children; $13 for member adults and $11 for member children, and can be made at 330-375-2550, ext. 7231, or at www.akronzoo.org. Regular zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.To read more or comment...
The following is a press release from the Portage County Animal Protective League:
Join Portage APL in partnership with Stow Kent Animal Hospital for the Love is in Bloom Adoption Event. On May 5, 2013 Stow Kent Animal Hospital will be hosting the APL in hopes to increase adoptions and awareness for homeless animals.
Adopt a homeless APL animal; schedule a free wellness exam with each adoption; bring a donation to help homeless pets; enjoy snacks and refreshments, giveaways, raffle drawings and activities for the whole family! Dr. Jacobson said “Stow Kent Animal Hospital is a proud supporter of Portage APL and we want to help them boost adoptions and generate support. They are always in need of donations and good families for their rescued animals.”To read more or comment...
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