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Rose The Comfort Dog: Meet Cobb DA's Newest Employee

Patch logo Patch 9/20/2021 Kara McIntyre
a dog looking at the camera: Rose is joining the Cobb County District Attorney's Office as its newest employee: a comfort dog. © Courtesy of Cobb County District Attorney's Office Rose is joining the Cobb County District Attorney's Office as its newest employee: a comfort dog.

COBB COUNTY, GA — The Cobb County District Attorney's Office's newest staff member isn't your usual one.

Cobb DA Flynn Broady was inspired to get a comfort dog for the office by the efforts of the Northeast Cobb Business Association's 5K-9 event. Ultimately, the Pups with a Purpose program and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office donated Rose, a comfort dog, to the Cobb DA's office to help victims of crime in court, according to a news release.

Pups with a Purpose is a program that matches Forsyth County Jail inmates with volunteer citizen dog trainers and Forsyth County Animal Shelter dogs. As the inmates receive social and job skills, the shelter dogs get a second chance at finding a home.

Rose received specialized training from Scot Rucker with Rucker Dog Training.

“When exposed to a comfort dog, the disclosure rate for kids went from 30 percent to 68-70 percent,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said. “We’ve seen first-hand how crime victims who are under such stress and strain, introduced to the dog and can see their emotions taper down before they sit in a court room.”

“Child victims will have the opportunity to have Rose there to calm them down and assure them that they are in a safe place so they can tell their story and not feel afraid of what happens if they tell it,” Broady said.

You can see Rose getting picked up for her new duties on YouTube here.

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