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Labrador Sworn in at State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago

Hatty is the office's first emotion-support dog and was trained partly by inmates

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    Labrador Sworn in at Cook County State's Attorney's Office

    This is the newly sworn-in worker is a Labrador retriever named Hatty. The 2-year-old will work on a 9-to-5 human schedule. But she's being asked to work like a dog, to just do what comes naturally to most dogs: show affection.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    It was a real dog of a ceremony this week during a swearing-in at the state's attorney's office in Chicago.

    The newly sworn-in worker is a Labrador retriever named Hatty. The 2-year-old will work on a 9-to-5 human schedule. But she's being asked to work like a dog, to just do what comes naturally to most dogs: show affection.

    Her job is to ease the strain of criminal proceedings on young children and those with mental-health issues who have been victims of assault. She'll handle up to 200 cases annually.

    Hatty is the office's first emotion-support dog and was trained partly by inmates.

    Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx presided over Tuesday's swearing-in. Hatty stood on her hind legs over a table and placed her paw across a law book as an oath was administered.