Once upon a time, the use of service dogs was relatively limited. Primarily, there were “seeing eye dogs” to help people with visual disabilities, and dogs trained for search and rescue missions, and little beyond that.
San Francisco gives an excellent example of how broadly the roles of service dogs are expanding. A trained Golden Retriever named Faber has been introduced to a San Francisco courthouse to help comfort witnesses and victims. District Attorney George Gascon says that Faber helps people who might have already been traumatized and face even more stress in the court.
“The legal system is very, very complex and very intimidating to many people, especially when we are dealing with vulnerable victims, young people, the elderly, people who have been subjected to very traumatic violence,” he told ABC.