Advocate Dogs

Our advocate dogs provide direct support to children who have been neglected, abused or sexually assaulted. These dogs provide these services both in the court as well as residential placements. Amos, Dodger and Patty were trained and donated to CAP by Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI.

Amos is the founding member of the Canine Advocacy Program. He is the first advocate dog in Michigan and works in Oakland as well as surrounding counties when requested. Besides his courtroom work, he also works in a survivor group at the Oakland County Children's Village. Amos lives with his owner/handler family in Royal Oak MI. Additionally, he is also handled by Dan Cojanu.

Dodger is the first advocate dog sponsored by a Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan. Dodger is owned by Bay County Prosecutor Kurt Asbury and handled by Wendy Hoffard, Cindy Howell and Kristen Monaghan.

Peppi has joined CAP working at the St. Joseph County Prosecutors Office. Prosecutor John McDonough has welcomed Peppi to the office along with Victim Advocate Linda Baker who is Peppi's owner/handler.

Patty will be working with Prosecutor Ron Schafer at the Ionia County Prosecutors Office. Patty is owned and handled by Victim Advocate Jeannie Wernet Peppi's owner/handler.

Phillie joins CAP under a new program at the Oakland County Children's Village called "Lunch with Phillie" Phillie is a career changed dog from Leader Dogs in Rochester Mi. His owner, Anne Mitchell brings Phillie to the B Bldg program as a reward for the residents who have shown positive behavior in the program. Phillie thoroughly enjoys his new job working with the young men at the Children's Village. Welcome Anne and Phillie

Smokey works in Shiawassee County. Prosecutor Deanna Finnegan was very excited as well as Smokeys owner, Chief Asst. Dan Nees, to have him start at the office. Smokey will be handled by Victim Advocate Wendy Hay. Welcome Shiawassee County.

Meet Reagan, a beautiful lab. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd welcomed him to the office in mid December of 2013. Reagan will owned/handled by Bryan Seratt and Victim Advocate Heather Hicks. Welcome to the pack Eaton County!

Ottawa County Prosecutor Ron Frantz has his canine advocate ready and working. Sydney works side by side with Victim Advocate Stephanie Stoddard on a daily basis. Ottawa County is very fortunate to have such a great team.

Grant is our newest addition to the CAP family. Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson has welcomed this great dog to the office with open paws. Victim Services Director Leigh Hauxwell will be working with this amazing canine advocate.

Oscar has joined the team at Muskegon County. Prosecutor D. J. HIlson has a great dog who will be handled by advocate Lynn Meeuwenberg. Welcome to the pack !

Mr. Weeber has joined the staff of Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic. He was welcomed to the community and is fortunate to have 2 handlers, Victim Advocates Toni McCrone and Marilyn Bowie. Welcome to the family.

Veterans Court Dogs

Our Veterans Court dogs are the first in the country to provide support services to veterans involved in Veterans Treatment courts. These dogs are present during court hearings in both Oakland and Wayne counties.

Rylan is beautiful Doberman owned/handled by Lisa Blanchard. She has multiple championships under her collar and is the first dog to be used in Veterans Court in the country. She is assigned to the 52-1 District Court in Novi with the Hon. Brian Mackenzie. Lisa volunteers for this program when not working with dogs at the Animal Rehabilitation Center of Michigan:

Tuesday is assigned to the 17th District Court in Redford Mi. in the courtroom of the Hon. Karen Khalil. Tuesday has won multiple championships and holds a total of 21 titles in both obedience and temperament and was a "calendar girl" in the 2011 Doberman Calender. She is owned/handled by Marilyn Mannino. RETIRED

Carmina is our second dog assigned to the 52-1 District Court in Novi. Carmina is 7 1/2 years old and has her Master Agility Championship. She is currently ranked 15th in the country. Her owner/handler Pat Moorhatch is the widow of an 101st Airborne veteran and volunteers for this program to honor her late husband.

CAP would also like to welcome Dellma to the CAP program. Dellma's owner, Kathy Schillaci describes her a a very playful, fun loving Dalmatian. Dellma has titles in both obedience and agility. She will be 5 yrs old in October and loves her work at the Veterans Treatment Court in Ann Arbor

Holli has joined the Calhoun County Prosecutors office working in the Veterans Treatment Court as well as sobriety and drug court programs. Prosecutor David Gilbert is proud the services this dog is providing.

Spitfire is now working at the Novi District Court, Veterans Treatment Court. Spitfire took over the position from his sister "Carmina" He is doing a great job with his owner/handler Pat Moorhatch.