The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has adopted a dog to help crime victims and children in situations where stress levels are high.
Assistant Inspector Janet Era applied to Canine Companions for Independence for a facility dog placement earlier this year, underwent training in Santa Rosa and was eventually paired with “Bear,” a 2-year-old lab who responds to roughly 40 commands in at least two languages.
Era says she didn’t pick the dog, the dog picked her.
“Being partnered with Bear has brought a sense of calm to the environment we work in,” Era said. “Observing the change he instantly makes in a victim’s life makes me grateful to be partnered with him.”, but they estimate the cost of the training at more than $50,000.