A labrador retriever dog was sworn in at Chicago State Attorney’s office for providing emotional support.
The newly sworn-in worker is a Labrador retriever named Hatty. The 2-year-old will be on a 9-to-5 human schedule.
Her job is to show affection and ease the strain of criminal proceedings on young children and those with mental-health issues who have been victims of assault. She is expected to handle up to 200 cases annually.
Hatty is the office’s first emotional-support dog and was trained partly by inmates at a prison in southwestern Illinois.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx presided over Tuesday’s swearing-in. Hatty stood on her hind legs over a table and placed her paw across a law book as an oath was administered.