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Therapy dogs help sex assault victims at MSU

Posted at 7:18 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 08:33:18-04

Michigan State University's sexual-assault program is adding a new member to its staff -- and it's not a human. It's a dog that will provide support and help reduce anxiety for survivors.

MSU is just the latest organization to turn to dogs for help. The Eaton county prosecutors office swore-in its canine advocacy dog Reagan last December.

Prosecutor Doug Lloyd says victims are thankful for the option of having Reagan by their sides during such a difficult process. Reagan goes to meetings, interviews, and has been involved with 25-30 jury trials this year.

Reagans handler Bryan Seratt tells says it can be scary for survivors to have to meet with attorneys, police officers, and sometimes testify in open court. That is when Reagan goes into action.