Meet Morgan! County attorney introduces new therapy dog

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MCAO K9 Victim Support Dog Morgan (Source: Maricopa County Attorney's Office) MCAO K9 Victim Support Dog Morgan (Source: Maricopa County Attorney's Office)
The County Attorney introduces Morgan (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The County Attorney introduces Morgan (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
MCAO K9 Victim Support Dog Morgan and her handler and Victim Advocate Carrie Johnson (Source: Maricopa County Attorney's Office) MCAO K9 Victim Support Dog Morgan and her handler and Victim Advocate Carrie Johnson (Source: Maricopa County Attorney's Office)
MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A brand new staff member at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) is getting a warm welcome.

At his weekly news conference Wednesday, County Attorney Bill Montgomery introduced Morgan, a K9 Victim Support dog.

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The 2-year-old Golden Retriever and her handler, Victim Advocate Carrie Johnson, have officially joined the County's Support Program. Morgan will join other K9s Tori and Elle. (Beloved K9 "Sam" retired from the program in July.)

[READ MORE: County's beloved victim support dog 'Sam' to hang up his vest]

The dogs provide calming, comforting support for victims throughout the often-stressful criminal justice process.

Montgomery says Morgan has already made several practice runs in court, and that things have gone very well.

"She has already successfully bonded with victims and is capable of helping nervous young crime victims so they can relax and tell what happened to them," he said.

Morgan and the other K9s can also help adults who have suffered trauma, Montgomery added.

The K9s' special training allows them to perform this important function in a variety of behavioral situations and to remain focused when working with outside noises including sirens, emergency workers, and even gavels.

In addition to attending court hearings, the K9 team accompanies victims during interviews and meetings related to their case. They offer a reassuring presence for victims as they prepare testimony, give depositions and, in some instances, confront perpetrators.

Morgan was born and bred in Arizona and was part of a 13-pup litter. Thanks to the Power Paws organization, all of Morgan's siblings will also become service dogs. Morgan spent the first year and a half of her life receiving training from Power Paws and then her handler joined for two weeks of training.

Shortly after Morgan graduated, the MCAO purchased her and she began her introduction to the Office. Morgan has made several practice runs to Court already and is assisting with victims and witnesses that are coming through the Child Advocacy Bureau. In a few short weeks Morgan will be assigned her own caseload.

For more information, visit:  MaricopaCountyAttorney.org/K9-VSP and MCAO Facebook page: fb.com/MaricopaCountyAttorney.

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