Lucie Morris-Marr was the journalist who broke the story in February 2016 that Cardinal George Pell was being investigated by Victorian police over allegations of sexual abuse.
When she called for comment, the Cardinal, who was 74 at the time, denied the allegations.
Just over a year later, he received another phone call, asking him to step down from his position, and travel to Australia to face a courtroom.
It was in this courtroom on Monday that the magistrate agreed that a support dog could sit with the complainants when they give evidence by video-link in a remote location.
The dog is not allowed to be seen on camera.
“This adorable Labrador called Coop is on offer to sit at the feet [of] complainants in the #CardinalPell case as they give evidence,” she wrote.
“Part of a new initiative to help alleged victims of sexual assault.”
This adorable Labrador called Coop is on offer to sit at the feet complainants in the #CardinalPell case as they give evidence.Part of a new initiative to help alleged victims of sexual assault. The magistate today said she was highly supportive of the dog being present. pic.twitter.com/x9yhWC9zSk
— Lucie Morris-Marr (@luciemorrismarr) March 5, 2018