Meet Brick Jefferson County Probation Offices New Employee.

Brick, the German Shepherd, will be used as a courthouse therapy dog.

Photo Courtesy of Jefferson County Probation Office

(Madison, Ind.) - Jefferson County Probation Office is gaining a new furry employee.

Yesterday during the Jefferson City Council meeting the board approved the funding for Brick, the German Shepherd's, training to become a courthouse therapy dog.  

Judge Mote along with Jenny Applegate, Juvenile Probation Caseload, and Julie Mitchell, Chief Probation Officer, presented the idea last fall to the board and recently received approval.

Training for Brick will cost around $2,300 and will be fully funded by using probation user fees, not tax dollars.

 As for vet bills and housing Applegate along with her husband will take on those fees.

Brick, will be assisting the court in cases involving children to help make them feel more comfortable talking about their situations.

He will also be assisting during depositions and cases where Judge Mote will be talking to a child in the office.

Brick has already been making office visits and has been helping those who need him.

“Brick has not had any training in this area as of yet, however, we are seeing more and more adults with mental health issues in our office and can see a calming effect just from Brick sitting by them and letting them pet him,” says Mitchell.

K9’s like Brick have already been implemented into the court system in Delaware County, Indiana and have been reported by the Muncie Journal to be “ a very great asset to the children there.”

Along with his job as a therapy dog, he will also be used as security since by nature German Shepard’s are very protective of their people.

Brick, will soon start his training and will become a full-time employee of the Jefferson County Probation Office.

More from Local News


  • Carroll County Career Services

    Job Seeker Services- Focus Career Job Search Portal, Interview Assistance, Job Fairs and Hiring Events, Youth and Young Adult Career Options Employer Services- Direct Access to Local Job Seekers for Employers, Talent Recruitment Assistance, Pre-screening, Assessment and Hiring Support, Job Posting on FOCUS Talent Job Search Portal Education and Training- Soft Skills Workshops, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grant Funding, Career Training and Exploration Career Readiness- Resume and Cover Letter Services, Letter of Disclosure, Federal Bonding Walk in Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm Monday, Tuesday, and Friday by appointment Visit for more information

    at Kentucky Career Center
  • Kiln Fest

    Saturday, September 19th Noon to midnight At the Medora Brick plant Purchase your 20$ V.I.P. package before September 1st and you'll get the access bracelet to the event throughout the day, one KILNFEST 2020 T-shirt and entry to the special V.I.P. door prize. Get your tickets at State Bank of Medora, CPC Printing, Brownstown Family Drug, or Medora Brick Plant. Noon-2pm Jerry & Amber Henson 2pm-4pm Skyline Drive acoustic duo Joe Persinger and Mike Shelton 4pm-6pm Forrest Turner 7pm-9pm Hot Rod Heart 9pm-10pm Bon Fire Jam Session 10pm-midnight Kill'N Smalls BBQ pork, burgers, hot dogs, sides, deserts and drinks Door prizes, and raffles

    at The Medora Brick plant
  • David Chamness Memorial Blanket Ride For Veterans & Homeless

    American Legion Post #9 707 Jefferson St. Madison, IN 47250 Kick stands up and rolling at noon! Pre-Registration: $15 Single/$20 Double Day of: $20 Single/$25 Double For more information call 812-265-4417 License # 150568

    at American Legion

Local News

City of Milton Property Tax Bills Hitting Mail Boxes Soon

As always, the usual dates for discounts, face value, and late fees will be applied.

Dog Run Bridge In Manville Set To Close Oct 5.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Girls Inc. To Be Open For E-Learning Day Sept. 23

If you would like to take your child to Girls Inc. for the day, they will be opening at 7:00 a.m.

Local Sports

Area Sports Results From Wednesday, September 16th

Email scores to or

Area Sports Results From Tuesday, September 15th

Email scores to or

Hanover Releases 2021 Football Schedule

Home-opener set for Saturday, March 6 with Mount St. Joseph.