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Therapy dogs join Rogers County DA's Office to help victims of crime

District Attorney Matt Ballard administered the oath of office Friday to Jerzy and Bear, registered therapy dogs who will serve as support animals for victims of crime. (KTUL)

CLAREMORE, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Rogers County District Attorney's Office has two new members.

DA Matt Ballard administered the oath of office Friday to Jerzy and Bear, registered therapy dogs who will serve as support animals for victims of crime.

Under state law, Jerzy and Bear can accompany child victims on the witness stand in court.

"The dog just brings them a sense of comfort, you know if they meet you or I it would be a stranger, but a dog if they meet it the first time it's like they've known the dog forever," said Mindie Babb, court reporter and Jerzy's owner.

Both pups went through rigorous training before being certified as good citizens.

They are the first therapy dogs in Rogers and Mayes counties.

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