By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court says comfort dogs will be allowed in courtrooms under some circumstances.

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The justices ruled that a witness in a trial may be accompanied by a comfort dog if that will help them give reliable and complete testimony.

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The unanimous opinion in a murder case pointed to other states that allow witnesses to testify with the help of an emotional support dog.

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The justices say it is permissible in Pennsylvania as long as steps are taken to minimize any potential prejudices against the defendant.