Shelter Dogs Give Comfort During Juvenile Court

Franklin Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee has invited dogs from the county’s shelter to comfort children once a week at the courthouse while the adults deal with cases involving foster care, abuse, and neglect. Kids are encouraged to pet the animals or sit with them during court sessions. While Judge Guffee has not researched the benefits of using therapy dogs in a courtroom, she has seen positive effects in juvenile detention centers and elsewhere. She told the Tennessean that in just a few short weeks of having dogs at the courthouse, she has seen more smiles.