A&P Sommer Foundation enables France’s 1st judicial assistance 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.
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.