Dogs Provide Therapy for Newtown Victims
NEWTOWN, CT — Volunteers hope some caring pets will help ease the pain of residents in Newtown, Conn. after Friday's shooting.
A group from the midwest brought nine golden retriever therapy dogs to help children cope with their grief. It's meant to help comfort the children who survived the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary and other children in town.
Therapeutic canines, who are sponsored and trained by Lutheran Church Charities. Were transported in a van for a 900 mile ride from Illinois to bring comfort in this time of suffering.
"To some people, we've seen this with children, it brings a sense of calmness in a time of confusion for them during this period. to some it helps them process their grief, they'll start crying and they'll hug the dog and to some children they'll come up sad and they'll walk away happy," Tim Helzner of Lutheran Church Charities said.
These dogs are specially trained to help people in times of need.