A&P Sommer Foundation enables France’s 1st judicial assistance or “victim support” dog
On March 14, 2019, the A&P Sommer Foundation helped inaugurate the first judicial assistance dog in France. The ceremony took place at the Cahors courthouse (southwest France), where black laborador Lol is set to become a common figure. Lol’s role will be to help crime victims, especially children, relax and find their words more easily during legal and judicial proceedings.
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It has taken two years of cooperative action to get the program off the ground. It is the fruit of the combined efforts of A&P Sommer Foundation, the prosecuting attorney of Cahors, French national police, the Lot fire department, Handi’Chiens (assistance dog training), Kanak (Quebec, Canada), and Courthouse Dogs Foundation (USA).
The A&P Sommer Foundation initiated the project, provided necessary funding, and brought all of the stakeholders together. We thank all those involved for their unfailing commitment.