Dogs Provide Comfort At Dallas Police Station In Wake Of Shooting

Six dogs from Lutheran Church Charities are in Texas to comfort those affected by the recent tragedy.

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Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities comfort police officers in Dallas, Texas. Via LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

The recent shooting in Dallas, Texas, during an otherwise peaceful protest resulted in the death of five police officers and the need for an enormous amount of comfort and healing.

In hopes of providing at least a little of that comfort, six dogs from Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs were sent to the Dallas police headquarters, where a memorial had been set up for the officers who were shot and killed last week during a demonstration against the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The officers were reportedly shot by a lone gunman who police say was upset about the recent police shootings.
 

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“The magic is that when people pet the dog, they relax. They feel safe. The dogs don’t take notes. They’re lovers. They show unconditional love. They start talking about the dog and then they start opening up about what they’re going through,” Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, told Fox4 News.

The comfort dogs immersed themselves in the crowd as officers and citizens comforted one another.
 

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They let officers grieve.
 

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They helped officers smile.
 

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And they brought comfort to Dallas residents, too.
 

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Trained for helping people who are dealing with crises, these dogs have also brought comfort to those affected by tragedies at Sandy Hook and in Orlando, and will likely travel anywhere else they are needed. But for now, they’re in Dallas, comforting those who lost five officers.

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