An awesome Labrador comfort dog has received the Paws Of Distinction Award from the Chicago Crime Commission.
Mitchell, the 2-year-old yellow Labrador,works for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois. On Wednesday, the Lab received the Paws of Distinction award at the Chicago Crime Commission’s Stars of Distinction Awards Dinner at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton.
Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office
About 200 dignitaries and corporate leaders from the Chicago metropolitan area attended the event, where awards are presented to local, state and federal individuals and agencies that have made significant contributions to efforts against crimes.
“I want to thank the Chicago Crime Commission for the award given to Mitchell and his handlers,” State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said in a press release Friday. “He has been a wonderful addition to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office family and he is loved by many. He was also a huge hit at the ceremony.”
Support Dogs, Inc. donated Mitchell to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in April 2015. Assistant State Attorney Jason Grindel and Investigator James Magna were assigned as the Labrador‘s official handlers.
The Lab has since made appearances in drug court and veteran’s court – two specialty courts run by the 19th Circuit to better meet the needs of defendants who deal with conditions such as PTSD and substance abuse that can come with mental illnesses.
Mitchell’s main job is to comfort children being interviewed at the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center, which helps child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
According to the center’s officials, the Labrador makes it easier and more comfortable for children to be interviewed and prepared for possible trial appearances.
Source: The Chicago Tribune