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Above: Beaumont, a District Attorney court dog, smiles as he poses during the Paint Party fundraiser for 5th DA Court Facility Dogs Foundation at The Liberty on Tuesday evening. Gina Yeager, the courthouse dog coordinator, said the program has “amazing” sponsors and donors and the team fundraises to make up any leftover costs. Yeager said the program has four dogs to assist with victims and witnesses of crimes in Chaves, Eddy, and Lea counties and is hoping to gain two more dogs through fundraising. She said it costs $7,000 for the dog and handler to be trained and around $10,000 for the dog annually, including vet care and food. She said the dogs know up to 90 commands, understand sign language and tend to be drawn to the person who is “sad or stressed out.”
Below: Beamount cuddles Gina Yaeger’s arm as she holds Ella Jaggers, 10 months, at the 5th DA Court Facility Dogs Foundation’s Paint Party at The Liberty on Tuesday. Max, another DA dog, shows off his profile in the foreground of the photo. Peggy Krantz from Main Street Arts instructed over 50 participants how to paint silhouettes of trees against an American flag background to fundraise for the DA Dogs. (Alison Penn Photos)

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