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Florida House passes bill to allow therapy animals in courts

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Children testifying in court in abuse, abandonment and neglect cases would be allowed the help of therapy animals under a bill passed by the Florida House.

The bill passed unanimously Thursday and expands a law that already allows therapy animals for victims testifying in sexual offense cases.

A legislative analysis of the bill says that research has shown animals reduce stress in children and three Florida district courts that have allowed them have reported positive results.

A similar bill in the Senate is ready for a full chamber vote.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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