In 2011, the Yuba County Probation Department's, Victim Services program launched Yuba County's first comfort dog program. Victim Advocate Terri Ayers bought an Australian Sheppard and Queensland mix dog, to become Tuscany Blue (Tusca for short) who is brown with white markings. Fun fact about Tusca, she has one blue eye and one white eye. Tusca loves to lay on her back and receive love from children and adults alike. She is available to sit with victims and witness while being interviewed by law enforcement, testifying in court, during forensic interviews and she also responds to community crisis situations.
All three dogs are available to all victims and witnesses of crime in Yuba and Sutter counties. Please let your advocate know if you want one to support you through this process and for those in Sutter county, please let your Sutter county advocate know the same.
In 2016, the unit added Jax, a Labradoodle, who has curly brown teddy bear soft hair. He was donated by Gabby Jack Ranch out of Penn Valley, a nonprofit organization. Jax performs the same duties as Tusca, however his favorite part of the job is to play with kids and adults while they wait to be interviewed or testify. Jax's favorite courtroom is Department 1, juvenile court.
Again, the need has arisen to add another dog to the unit. Etha, a miniature Australian Sheppard who is black with white markings was added in 2018. Etha currently is in training and is beginning to attend court. Her favorite part of the job so far seems to be all the attention she gets when responding to community crisis/disaster situations.