Therapy dogs sent to comfort El Paso victims, first responders

Rudy and Channel are in El Paso to deliver “unconditional love and support" to first responders and victims affected by the mass shooting


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By News Staff 

EL PASO, Texas — Two therapy dogs arrived in the city to help first responders and victims cope with the aftermath of the mass shooting that left 22 dead and dozens injured.

According to the Huffpost, the therapy dogs, Rudy and Channel, traveled by Southwest Airlines from San Antonio, Texas, to deliver “unconditional love and support" to first responders and victims affected by the mass shooting.

 

Rudy & Chanel are headed to El Paso to spread some love at Del Sol, and to visit first responders. Special thanks to Service Dogs, Inc and Southwest Airlines !!! https://www.servicedogs.org/

Posted by Methodist Healthcare System on Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rudy and Channel will visit first responder stations and hospitals throughout the city and give the emotional assistance needed after the tragic incident.

"The rate of suicides by first responders – firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement – has escalated from one every seven days to one a day," a spokesperson for Methodist Health Systems said. "These dogs can reach places in the heart no human can."

Rudy and Chanel regularly visit patients in Methodist Healthcare San Antonio hospitals.

 

Chanel and Rudy our facility dogs made it to El Paso this morning. They are already providing their unconditional love...

Posted by Methodist Healthcare System on Sunday, August 4, 2019
 

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