two dogs for “apaiser and parole”

Ouchi, a golden retriever présent to secure the victims, with accompanying son Aurore Bourcereau, before the opening of the trial of l’affaire Millas à Marseille, on September 19, 2022. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

RECIT – Ouchi and Rancho were requisitioned to support psychological as well as income victims. A “world premiere”.

«When Ouchi sentait que l’une des victimes avait besoin, il se mettà à ses pieds pour l’apaiser». Aurore Bourcereau accompanied the golden retriever to the Marseille correctional court on Monday, September 19. Rancho held, to him, aux côtes de la prévenue, afin de la souterin dès qu’elle pleurait. For the first time in France, two dogs were requisitioned to assist in a trial.

This audience was dedicated to the testimonies of the victims of the collision between a school car and a TER chassis on December 14, 2017, in Millas, in the Pyrénées-Orientales. Les adolescents devant relater leurs souvenirs du drama, la presidente du tribunal judged pertinent to demander une médition psychologique animale pour les aider à faire face at this difficult moment. «Ils n’ont pas l’habitude de s’exprimer à la barre», devant une salle avec quatre cents places assizes, qui plus est, dans un «process aussi médiatisé», explains Eric Moutet, lawyer des parties civiles.

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