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Courthouse Dogs

In this photo taken Sunday, April 28, 2013, Kelly Dempsey, center, sits with daughters Jordan, left, and Erin Barker, both 17, and their dog Alou, 9, at their home in Bothell, Wash. In Seattle 10 years ago, a dog named Jeeter became the first professionally trained dog to help a child testify, assisting the twins as they were getting ready to testify against the father they said molested them. Dogs have helped thousands of victims and witnesses since, but some challenges are working their way through the courts, driven by attorneys who claim the dogs are distractions or sympathy magnets. So far, all lower courts have upheld the use of dogs. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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