Alabama Is National Leader in Use of Facility Dogs to Comfort Victims of Crime


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama District Attorneys Association and the state’s Office of Prosecution Services will hold a press conference Monday to announce a major expansion of the state’s leading-edge program that uses specially trained facility dogs to assist victims of crime, especially children, when they testify in court or are interviewed by investigators.


The press conference will be Monday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 4B of the Montgomery County Courthouse.


Taking part in the press conference will be Shelby County District Attorney Jill Lee, the new president of the Alabama District Attorneys Association; Trisha Mellberg, deputy director of the ADAA and OPS; Tamara Martin of OPS, who utilized the first facility dog in Alabama; district attorneys; and several facility dogs.


Participants will be available for questions and photos.


Alabama’s facility dog program is a model for other states, and officials here even hosted a visitor from Australia looking to start her own program.


WHAT: Press conference to announce a major expansion of Alabama’s facility dog program.


WHO: Alabama District Attorneys Association and Office of Prosecution Services officials; district attorneys;plus several courthouse dogs.


WHEN: Monday, July 1, 2019, 1:30 p.m.


WHERE: Courtroom 4B, Montgomery County Courthouse, 251 South Lawrence St., Montgomery, AL 36102


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