Pima County’s first Courthouse Dog, Russell, a Golden Retriever, has retired from service. He worked primarily at the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center providing support to children and their families. Due to Russell’s successes, Blake, a black Labrador Retriever, joined the team.  Blake continues to provide support to child and adult victims of crime throughout the criminal justice process and in the Superior and Justice Courts. Our newest member of the team is a one-year old yellow Labrador Retriever named Jones. Jones grew up in northern New Mexico where he was raised and trained by Assistance Dogs of the West, an organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International. Jones received extensive training as a professional facility dog and is able to follow more than 100 commands. Jones lives with his victim advocate and is being cross trained to be able to provide emotional support to victims at the Pima County Superior Court, Justice, and Juvenile Courts, as well as at the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center. He has been a wonderful asset to our team so far and truly loved by all!

Welcome to the team, Jones!

 

SACAC’s retired Courthouse Dog, Russell