It was Theo’s “mellow but astute” demeanor that landed him the job.
The Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has a furry new staffer. Theo, a 4-year-old black Labrador, is the office’s new courthouse dog.
Originally trained as a wheelchair assistance dog by Service Dogs of Virginia, Theo was selected to work in the office for his ability to “defuse and de-stress” intense situations, said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Quatrara.
As a courthouse dog, Theo will serve as a calm presence that can bring comfort and emotional support to victims and witnesses who are being interviewed in the office, according to a news release.
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