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Local Comfort Dogs Helping Out in Newtown

Golden retrievers, handlers, providing support for people affected by school shootings



    Local Comfort Dogs Helping Out in Newtown
    Seven comfort canines and their handlers traveled to Newtown, Conn. on Saturday.

    An Addison-based organization is hoping a little canine love can help mend some broken hearts in Newtown, Conn.

    Lutheran Church Charities sent a team of seven golden retriever comfort dogs and their handlers to the town where 27 people were killed in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

    The pastor of Newtown's Christ the King Lutheran Church -- which is holding many of the funerals -- asked the group to help out, and the crew arrived Saturday evening.

    The dogs and their handlers spent Sunday meeting with people affected by the shootings and were present for the vigil at Newtown High School Sunday evening. On Monday they will be at some of the other Newtown schools talking to children.

    The dogs are used to help provide a comforting bridge to help people open up about a tragedy. The individuals can pet the dogs while they talk or pray with the handler.

    LCC deploys volunteers from across the United States on a weekly basis, for major disasters such as Superstorm Sandy to providing support for sick patients in hospitals.