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Local support dogs flown to Uvalde to help children, officers – Daily News

Just final week, police support dogs Nellie and Misha have been receiving pets from tons of of Garden Grove college students.

By Wednesday, they have been in Uvalde, Texas, comforting college students from Robb Elementary School. It was there, earlier this week, {that a} gunman killed 19 children and two adults.

“Within the first 10 seconds of walking in, I had two boys running over to pet the dogs,” stated Garden Grove Police School Resource Officer Derek Link.

“One of them, he was probably a first-grader, said, ‘You heard about the shooting’? I said, ‘Yes. That was scary.’ Then he goes right back to petting the dogs and talking about his own dog,” Link described.

Link and his fellow officer, Patrick Julienne, have been flown to Texas early Wednesday with their dogs, Nellie, an English black Labrador, and Misha, a white retriever. The dogs have been recently introduced by Garden Grove Unified and native police as a part of a brand new program to present social-emotional support for college students.

A benefactor of this system, former Garden Grove resident Paul Massingill, who owns a transportation company referred to as Service Driven Transport, referred to as the division and supplied to fly Link and Julienne with their dogs to Uvalde.

“These K-9 units, there’s nothing but unconditional love that comes from these dogs,” Massingill, who accompanied the staff to Texas, stated.

Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe stated the officers and the dogs have been en route inside 12 hours. Their mission: Not solely provide support to the kids affected by the tragedy, but in addition to Uvalde police officers, a few of whom lost relations within the bloodbath as nicely. As many as 17 different folks have been additionally injured within the assault.

“Whatever we can do for them, for that community and police family in Texas. This is the least we can do,” DaRe stated.

 

“Officers, we go into robot mode when we have to get the job done,” Link stated. But when officers noticed Link and Julienne in uniform and noticed their dogs, it helped to them to begin chatting “and they got to be human,” he added.

Julienne stated they spent the day on the Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, which was initially arrange as a reunification web site for kids with their households. By Wednesday, it served as a counseling heart.

The dogs “helped to change the mood of the people there and allowed them to better express themselves with the counselors,” Julienne stated,

Misha and Nellie have been two of a number of dogs on web site to present support as of Wednesday. However, they have been the one police dogs on web site, in accordance to Link.

Julienne added: “It’s a small-knit town and everyone is connected.”

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