EL CENTRO – Ginger, who is currently in training to be the first Crime Victim Assistance Dog in Imperial County, faithfully comes to work each morning at the District Attorney’s office with her handler, Ashley Yates.
The four-legged comforter entered the building with all the other employees.
Ginger will assist children and other vulnerable victims of crime to cope with the stress and trauma after her year of training. Mike Burk, a local dog trainer, is training both Ginger and Yates, according to Yates.
“We haven’t had a caseload yet because we will be in training for a year. We already had training with Mike Burk earlier this morning, so she started her day early,” Yates said.
Although, Ginger hasn’t had any cases assigned yet, Yates said she interacts with children and families that come into the D.A.’s office on business and already has calmed little children.