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Peter Greenberg
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Posted: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:50AM

Prosecutor's Office Introduces Mr. Weeber



A highly-trained service dog is set to take its place at the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office. Mr. Weeber, a one-year-old black Labrador retriever, will be introduced this Thursday to the County Board of Commissioners. Weeber is part of Michigan's Canine Advocate Program, which is placing him in the office to be a companion for children at the courthouse.

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CAP Director Daniel Cojanu says research from across the county found a program to assist child victims who were going to be required to testify was needed. Cojanu says prosecutors and judges have been in favor of using the dog, and he has been somewhat surprised by the support that has also come from defense attorneys.

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Mr. Weeber has two trained handlers, and is available Monday through Friday. The dog has been working since August 12 and has observed court in several courtrooms. Weeber will be available for prosecutor's interviews and be present to testify in court. There is no expense to use Mr. Weeber. He's owned and cared for by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Taylor and his family in St. Joseph.



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