McLennan County commissioners have asked the county attorney to recommend a policy on animals in the courthouse.
The request delays a decision on whether Buff the cocker spaniel can keep coming to court with State District Judge Ralph Strother.
Strother has been bringing the 13-year-old dog with him to the courthouse two to four days a week for the past four or five years.
But Commissioner Lester Gibson asked his colleagues to consider
adopting a policy on animals in the courthouse.
Strother says his dog spends much of the day in a chair in his office. The dog has a calming influence on children who are in his court during divorce or child-custody disputes, he says.
The five-member court was divided during a discussion, with arguments made supporting Buff and arguments made for a ban on
animals in public buildings.
County Judge Jim Lewis said he hasn't gotten any complaints about animals in the courthouse.