Australia's FIRST Court Dog, working with witnesses in remote witness rooms at the OPP, Magistrates Court, County Court, Child Witness Services, the William Cooper Justice Centre ,working on over 140 separate cases. one of her last accomplishments was at the Melbourne Coroners Court where she was in the Court, helping to support families, witnesses, and staff, during the Bourke St Inquest.
"Coop" passed on the 11th January 2020 due to illness.
She remains in the hearts of hundreds of people, and will never be forgotten.
"Champ" is a 6 year old Labrador / Golden Retriever cross. His temperament is as incredible as his green / yellow eyes. “Champ” has been visiting the Office of Public Prosecutions with “Coop” to drop her off and then begin charming the Melbourne CBD. (Once he had “done the waiting room of the OPP)
Often sitting outside the County Court and Magistrates Court with Tessa during his training. People are drawn to “Champ” because of his dark golden colour, and his love of “shaking hands” with all and sundry! His calm demeanour is wonderful with children and adults alike.
He is also working alongside Victorian Police in JACET. (Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team)
"Connie" is a 6 year old Golden Labrador, her first six months of training was with K9 Support, and then partnered with Neta Kirby to work with her in her counselling with Goulburn Valley CASA, and her private practice.
Connie has been making regular appearances outside Shepparton Court and is continuing to put people at ease. Connie is furthering her training to work in remote witness rooms. Connie has incredible intuition and has led Neta to people in emotional distress.
Connie was born for this work, it comes naturally to her.
River is a 4 year old Golden Retriever x Labrador who is exceptionally gentle. River has been visiting the Coroners Court with Coop since she was 12 weeks old and also helped in the Bourke St Inquest, her soft kind nature helping families, witnesses, and staff alike.
Due to Covid, she is unable to visit at this stage. She has another Pilot coming up soon...
Watch this space!