Comfort dogs being sent to Orlando in wake of club massacre

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Mourners from all over the country have been showing support for the victims of the Orlando club shooting, and now reinforcement is being sent of the four-legged kind.

Gracie, a 5-year-old golden retriever, is a Lutheran Church Charity K-9 Comfort dog based out of Davenport, Iowa. She’s been specially trained to ease human suffering.

The comfort dogs, like Gracie, are usually trained to service their own communities, visiting nursing homes, hospitals and schools.

But occasionally they are deployed to areas struck by tragic circumstances. For instance, she was on hand to comfort the victims after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

This week a group of LCC comfort dogs from around the country, including Gracie, will be visiting Orlando-area churches and hospitals to try to bring  peace and comfort to families after what has now been declared the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

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