Warrenton, VA – July 1, 2018, Fauquier Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher announced the recent retirement of “Lincoln,” the region’s first accredited Courthouse Dog.
Jim Fisher brought the Courthouse Dog concept to Warrenton several years ago and after a 2 year study and application process with an accredited placement agency, Lincoln began work with Fauquier victims of crime.
“We thank Lincoln for his great work as an unbelievable calming influence on abused children and sexual assault victims,” said Fisher. “He was a rock star, but he has earned his retirement,” Fisher said.
The theory behind “facility dogs” as a calming influence in a courthouse setting is now fairly well established in America as well as other countries, but the protocol requires accreditation, Fisher explained. “You just can’t slap a vest on a dog and bring them to court, it is a fairly regimented process where the ultimate animal passes tests at the end of lengthy training over a couple years,” he added. The trend is continuing nationwide with the 100th placement last year.
Lincoln was transferred back to the original placement agency where he will be placed with a loving family for a well deserved retirement. Jim Fisher plans to apply for a new recruit facility dog this fall, and is currently beginning the application process.