Ms. Valarie Finks, representing the Eighteenth Judicial District and the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, testified in support of HB 19-1144. Ms. Finks discussed support provided to victims in court, and the benefits of using dogs for such support.
Ms. Beth Wilson, representing the Eighteenth Judicial District, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Wilson discussed some cases that point to the benefits of using dogs in court.
Ms. Amanda Keil, representing the Eighteenth Judicial District, testified in support of the bill. She discussed her experience in using a dog in court. Discussion ensued regarding the standard for allowing comfort dogs in a courtroom.
Ms. Lori Greenstone, representing Colorado Voters for Animals, testified in support of HB 19-1144. Ms. Greenstone discussed the calming benefits of therapy dogs.
Mr. Robert Chase, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Chase suggested that dogs in courtrooms is prejudicial. Mr. Dawson returned to respond to questions regarding caselaw surrounding the use of dogs in courtrooms.