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Team of comfort dogs lend helping paws to those grieving in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A team of dogs from all over the country have come to the aid of those affected by the Orlando nightclub massacre. 

The Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs and their volunteers were deployed from Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and six other states, WFAA reports. 

Some of the dogs went to The LGBT Center, where counseling and support are being provided to victims and their families.

A gunman stormed the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, massacring 49 people and wounding more than 50 others in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Of those wounded, 28 are still hospitalized, including at least four people in critical condition.

Russell Walker worked at Pulse and was at The Center when the dogs stopped by.

“Just having the dog sit on my fit has literally been, ‘ahh, ok,” he said.

The dogs go through 12 to 18 months of training, WFAA reports. They’ve worked with those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the Boston Marathon bombings.

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