Comfort Dogs Heading To Las Vegas To Help Survivors Deal With Trauma

By Bill Galluccio

October 6, 2017

The horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday left nearly 60 people dead and hundreds more wounded. Along with physical injuries, many are dealing with the intense emotional trauma from the mass shooting. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs is looking to help people by sending comfort dogs to Las Vegas to aid in healing the emotional wounds suffered by the survivors, first responders, and the family members of the victims. 

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs brought some dogs to the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and to memorial services. Tim Hetzner, president and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities and founder of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries told ABC News that it is important "for people to cry and for people to start talking about what they're are going through, and it's a key part of the healing process." He said that the dogs can help with the healing process because they are able to sense when people are hurting:

Dogs have an incredible sense of when somebody is hurting. They'll just come and lay themselves into somebody's lap.

The group, which is backed by Lutheran Church Charities, wants to send more comfort dogs and is asking for donations to help cover the travel costs. 

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