Therapy dogs from Top Dogs are decked out as part players within the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court to display just just how court procedures strive to kiddies which have to testify in court. In this picture Flake is dressed up because the continuing state prosecutor. (Picture: Wikus De Wet)
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“ All rise,” a sound declares whilst the magistrate goes into the area.
The Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court is loaded.
A black and red robe is draped gracefully round the magistrate’s shoulders.
In-front of her, there’s shuffling as individuals make an effort to sit easily in the difficult, wood benches. Then room falls peaceful in expectation of the’s proceedings morning.
But magistrate Kleio is becoming sidetracked.
She stops to sniff the air. It’s filled up with a delicious, meaty scent.
She spins around, gobbling up a delicacy from an outstretched hand behind her.
Sated and lips smacking, she shifts her focus back once again to the matter she’s presiding over — her brief, black colored tail nevertheless wagging.
Kleio is regarded as a pack that is rotating of 15 specifically trained therapy dogs that descend upon the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court west of Johannesburg every 2nd Saturday.
She’s no ordinary magistrate. Betty dressed while the stenographer. (Picture: Wikus De Wet)
This week, Kleio is flanked by, amongst others: Betty the stenographer, court orderly Peanut, and Flake the prosecutor. Each dog is dressed up in a costume tailored to your part they undertake in mock courtroom procedures. Continue reading