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Connecticut law permits a judge to exercise his or her discretion to allow a dog to provide comfort and support to a testifying witness.                       
See State of Connecticut v. Devon D., 321 Conn. 656, 138 A. 2d 849 (2016)

Please note: Comfort and support dogs do not meet the definition of "service dogs" under the ADA.

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  • Public Act 17-185. An Act Concerning the Provision of Information about the Use of Therapy Dogs to Comfort and Support Testifying Witnesses In Certain Criminal Prosecutions (effective October 1, 2017).

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  • State of Connecticut v. Devon D., 321 Conn. 656, 138 A. 2d 849 (2016)  The Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the trial court had abused its discretion in permitting a dog to sit near C1 for comfort and support during her trial testimony.

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