Santa Barbara
58° F
Santa Maria
49° F
San Luis Obispo
54° F
52° F

LA lawyers interested in local courthouse dog program

By Victoria Sanchez, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor/Reporter,
Published On: Jul 17 2013 07:31:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 20 2013 10:47:44 PM CDT

Courthouse Dog program catches the eye of LA lawyers


The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's courthouse dog program is catching the eye of some Los Angeles lawyers.

Giving kisses and cuddling up with people is Malvern's job. For nearly a year, the Lab mix has been at the courthouse to comfort victims and witnesses of crimes. Now his work is being recognized by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office -- and it could use a dog like him.

"It would be something loving and giving, and that is in short supply normally in the criminal justice system," said Deborah Kass, a deputy district attorney.

In a recent case, Malvern helped two young girls get through a difficult time. He calmly sat next to them in court as they testified against the man who molested them.

"We feel that he made a big difference in their ability to be able to be as courageous and brave as they were, and we ultimately ended up getting a conviction," said Donna Crawford, a volunteer lawyer and Malvern's caretaker.

The Los Angeles deputy district attorneys think a courthouse dog could not only help the victims in their county, it could help put the suspects behind bars.

"So often the victims, especially small children, they're cooperative, but once they get to court and this is now the moment of truth where they need to get up on the stand and say what has happened to them, they freeze and they're very uncomfortable. And if they're not able to testify, we're not going to get a conviction," said Lisa Tanner, a deputy district attorney.

For as much good work as the four-legged friend does for victims and witnesses, his paycheck is just a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ear.

"Malvern comes to us in Santa Barbara County with no cost whatsoever to anybody in Santa Barbara County," said District Attorney Joyce Dudley.


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Santa Barbara Fatal Accident Folo

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • Larry Lee Cal Poly Coach

    Cal Poly Baseball Earns No. 1 National Ranking

    The Mustangs achieved the school's second No. 1 national ranking in Division I as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has placed Cal Poly atop its Top 30.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • Slideshow: 3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • Netflix file

    Brian Snyder/Reuters

    14 alternatives to Netflix

    Out of love with Netflix? Check out these alternatives to the company's instant streaming and DVD-by-mail services.