Therapy dogs will be used to comfort victims of human trafficking as part of a new program slated to be announced today.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell will formally announce a joint effort between the Los Angeles Regional Task force on Human Trafficking and the Pet Prescriptions Team, a Southern California-based volunteer group that helps owners train their household pets to serve as therapy animals, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Bob Boese.
"The team from Pet Prescriptions has a cadre of volunteers and therapy dogs available to be called upon by investigators whenever they feel a therapy dog can help provide emotional support to victims of human trafficking," Boese said. "This can put the victim at ease, and set the tone for what surely is the critical point for both the victim's recovery and the detective's case."