CLINTON — Jake’s too tender paws eliminated him from life as a service and rescue dog hunting through collapsed buildings’ rubble. But his tender canine heart is perfect for his new job comforting assault victims.
The 4-year-old black Labrador mix is a search and rescue dropout from California who found a new home in Tennessee and a new purpose with the Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office. The calm, treat-loving Jake is the office’s emotional support dog. He’s there to offer domestic assault victims a paw to hold or a head to cry on. 
Jake belongs to his co-worker Rhoni Standefer. She’s been the DA’s domestic violence victim/witness coordinator since January. The 55-pound pup with amber brown eyes has been on duty since July. 
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Jake has a black bandanna decorated with white paw prints and a bright yellow, official-looking Tennessee Seventh …
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