WVU students help train dogs for disabled vets

Dominion Post photo by William Wotring Sara Morris gets a kiss from a service dog, Ryder.
Dominion Post photo by William Wotring
Sara Morris gets a kiss from a service dog, Ryder.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Disabled veterans with Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) are finally getting much-needed help from “man’s best friend,” thanks to a few local organizations that are matching trained service dogs with those in need.

Because the Veterans Administration has yet to conclude there is enough clinical research proving dogs help treat PTSD, the West Virginia Service Dog Support Group (WVSDSG); Hearts of Gold, a Morgantown non-profit which trains the dogs and conducts service dog education and research, as well as community players, including WVU students, are picking up the slack…

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