Anderson Co. sees success with facility dog at courthouse

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Everyday people come and go at the Anderson County courthouse, but only one furry friend gets to walk through the door.

“Roma is first and foremost loving, laid back and hungry,” said Chelsey Moore, an Assistant Solicitor with the 10th Circuit.

This four year old girl isn’t your average pup.

“She’s been in Circuit Court, she’s been in Family Court, and she spends a few days a week down at the Child Advocacy Center helping the kids when they come in there,” said David Wagner, the 10th Circuit Solicitor.

Roma is the only circuit facility dog in the state of South Carolina, which is different than just an emotional support or therapy animal.

“From a legal standpoint the fact that she is able to work independently of me that she can go under a witness stand or sit in a forensic interview without someone holding her leash that is what allows her to work in this setting,” Moore said.

Roma’s main purpose is to help the children whether they are a witness or victim in the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office or the Anderson County Child Advocacy Center.

“One little boy took his jacket off and covered her up with it and got down to do bed time prayers with her,” Moore said.

She puts them at ease in a situation that could be tragic or traumatizing otherwise. But it’s not just children who need her, but students across the county who have the opportunity to interact with Roma since she will take time to visit schools and go to fundraisers while working at the Child Advocacy Center three days a week.

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