|Published:||Jul 17, 2013 10:31 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 17, 2013 10:31 AM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - A black lab known as "Justice" is making the rounds at Miami juvenile detention centers to help teens.
Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters says many teens in detention centers have been through trauma and painful relationships before entering the system. She says therapy dogs like Justice provide teens with unconditional empathetic non-verbal feedback.
Justice is part of the Canine Comfort pilot program and is the first dog to become a member of a juvenile detention facility in the state. More detention centers are slated to receive certified therapy dogs in the coming months.
One youth said playing with Justice "made me feel unstressed and helped me forget about all the crazy things I had on my mind."
Justice came from Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Wellington.
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