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Four-Legged Friends Help Students At Marshall High School

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD) — It has been one week to the day since the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School. Students, staff, and administrators continue to experience intense emotions in the days since the tragedy.

A group from the Lutheran Church Charities organization traveled to Marshall County with comfort dogs from five states. They are from as close as Tennessee and as far as Ohio.

To help with the healing process, the dog trainers brought their four-legged friends on a mission the dogs are experienced in.

They’ve traveled 17,000 miles in one year to comfort others.

“We were just honored and humbled to be here with the students this week to help bring a little comfort back,” Richard Martin said.

Martin is the director of K9 deployments with the organization. Lutheran Church Charities has responded with their dogs to multiple areas since 2009.

“It’s just a pleasant distraction. It’s a break, a mental break to get them focused on something good. The dogs don’t ask questions. They’re safe, and they just love to hug on them and pet them. And it brings a calm and a peace to their hearts,” Martin said.

Dan Ludlum and his wife Mary traveled eight hours from Columbus, Ohio. They say they dropped everything they were doing as soon as they got the call to bring their comfort dog, Rosie, to Marshall County.

“I was shocked today when I said ‘Well, what’s wrong?’ ‘Oh, I was shot.’ To hear the survivors speak so plainly and directly about what they went through was absolutely incredible,” Ludlum said.

Richard said he sees the community coming together to collectively heal.

“They really just love those kids so much, treat them as their own, and we are just humbled and blessed to be here with them,” Martin said.

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