Dogs help NM students traumatized by shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell students traumatized by a school shooting that left two classmates injured are getting some help from four-legged friends.

KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1eUQDt5) that a crisis team brought therapy dogs to Berrendo Middle School this week following Tuesday’s shooting.

Carrie Leigh-Cloutier, who brought the service dogs, says the canines are trained to help people after a trauma has occurred.

Two dogs greeted students who returned to class Thursday and Friday. They also sat in kids’ laps during interviews with police.

Leigh-Cloutier says one dog has also visited the victims, who are hospitalized in Lubbock, Texas.

Police say a 12-year-old boy is accused of bringing a shotgun to the school and opening fire in a crowded gym.

A 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were wounded.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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