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August 11, 2017 | Mysti Jordan
Patriot is a rescued husky that lives in California, and he got a really rough start to life. You can look at him and see the scars of the abuse and torment he endured as a puppy. What he went through, though, is now being used to help children who have also been victims of abuse.
Kevin Marlin works for the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who saved Patriot, says that these children will look at the dog and say, “Somebody hurt him.” And Kevin says, “Yes, somebody wasn’t very nice to him, but he’s doing well now. Patriot shows that there is hope in moving on with life and getting past the emotional pain.”
According to Kevin, these kids will sit and pet Patriot while they’re talking to attorneys and investigators and it helps them to calm down and feel more comfortable. Plus, what he’s been through lends them a little bit of courage and strength in the moment.
Patriot isn’t the only dog in this program, either. There are thirteen other therapy dogs involved in PANDA, which stands for PAWS Assist the Needs of the District Attorney. The program manager, Alicia, says it’s been a successful program so far that’s helping to promote justice with compassion.