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updated: 9/14/2012 9:17 PM

Will County service dog honored for work

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Associated Press

A 63-pound Labrador retriever named Jackson has been honored for his service to Will County children who are alleged victims of abuse.

State's Attorney James Glasgow presented Jackson and owner Cheri Johnson with a medal this week on behalf of the Stone City Kennel Club. The club recognized the work of 14 dogs that assist the community.

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Jackson greets children at the Will County Children's Advocacy Center. The 3-year-old dog plays with the children before and after law enforcement officials interview them about allegations of sexual or physical abuse.

Glasgow established the center in 1995 to provide a neutral, child-friendly environment for the sensitive investigations.

Johnson is Glasgow's administrative assistant and makes Jackson available free of charge.

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