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An adult testifying in court in a criminal case cannot bring an emotional support animal to the stand.  The Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling in a decision released Friday.

A woman filed a rape complaint against a male acquaintance who disputed her version of events. When the trial came, a judge allowed a support dog and a handler holding a leash to be with her when she testified. That was over the objection of the defense.

Local dog rescue organization reaches milestone

Nov 29, 2016

Hearts of Hope, a local dog rescue organization is celebrating their one-thousandth dog adoption this month--and they hope that’s just the beginning. 

The Celebration of 1000 dog adoptions was held at the Intersection music venue in Grand Rapids last Friday evening.

Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue President and Founder Janelle McFarlane began Hearts of Hope 5 years ago out of her home. Since then, the organization has expanded to over 100 foster homes and 50 volunteers. 

The Underdogs

Jul 14, 2016

The author of ‘The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love,’ Melissa Fay Greene, joins us to discuss the topic of service dogs and their unique responsibilities. 

Scales of Justice
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The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from an 11-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who wasn't allowed to bring her service dog to school.

The justices said Tuesday they will consider whether Ehlena Fry's family can sue the school district for violations of federal disability laws.

Fry's family obtained a goldendoodle to help her open doors and retrieve items. Her school district initially refused to allow Wonder at school.

Officials relented a bit in 2010, but they placed many restrictions on Wonder.

Paws of Courage

Jun 27, 2016

The author of Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs that Protect and Serve, Nancy Furstinger shares the details of stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery.

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The Roving Microphone takes you on site to a place where Service Dogs receive free eye exams.  

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