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Team Of Dogs Provide Comfort To Residents Of Newtown

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A group of dogs from Addison are providing comfort to residents of Newtown, Conn. (CBS)

A group of dogs from Addison are providing comfort to residents of Newtown, Conn. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A team of dogs from the Chicago area is in Newtown Conn., to comfort those grieving after last week’s shooting.

Ten golden retrievers from Lutheran Church Charities in Addison arrived in Newtown on Saturday night.

President Tim Hetzner says the dogs spent part of Sunday at a church that will hold funerals for two Sandy Hook students this week and at the site of the massacre.

“We met with a lot of the first responders .. and some of the school families,” he said.

Hetzner said the dogs were there to do what they do best: Provide unconditional love.

The group got started after the deadly shootings at Northern Illinois University in February of 2008.

It has since also visited with victims of hurricanes and tornadoes.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty Reports

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