Florida House Passes Bill to Allow Therapy Animals in Courts

Therapy Animals
Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 15:21:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Children testifying in court in abuse, abandonment and neglect cases would be allowed the help of therapy animals under a bill passed by the Florida House.

The bill passed unanimously Thursday and expands a law that already allows therapy animals for victims testifying in sexual offense cases.

A legislative analysis of the bill says that research has shown animals reduce stress in children and three Florida district courts that have allowed them have reported positive results.

A similar bill in the Senate is ready for a full chamber vote.

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