Wharton County District Attorney Dawn Allison announced this week there will be a swearing-in ceremony in two weeks for its newest employee.
This is a unique swearing in and event altogether as the recipient is named Blue Belle, who is a miniature Australian shepherd.
Allison, who made the announcement via a press release, said the public is invited to attend the event that will be held in Judge Randy Clapp’s 329th District Court on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The swearing in is at noon.
Allison said Blue Belle will be receiving her badge and officially starting her job as the office therapy/comfort dog.
“Her main role in the office will be to ease the anxiety experienced by crime victims, especially children, when they are in the DA’s office to be interviewed or when testifying at trial,” Allison said. “Blue Belle is still in training to go in the courtroom however she is already in the office sitting with victims during legal proceedings.”
Allison said Blue Belle’s presence is having a “positive impact” on the employees of the office and those within other county offices.
But Allison said the dog’s main purpose is to comfort victims.