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Therapy Dog Trained In Erie Makes His Way to North Dakota To Help Children With Autism

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A therapy dog, trained here in Erie, has made its way to North Dakota, where it's helping children with autism.
It's more on a story we first brought you back in March.

The local non-profit, Therapy Dogs United trains all kinds of therapy dogs.
And a poodle they trained is now helping children in the middle of the country.

We first introduced you to Hutch back in March.
He's a certified therapy dog, trained to help children with autism.

Therapy Dogs United is a local non-profit that provides certified training for the dogs.
And Hutch was trained here in Erie with help from several different families.

He's now made his way to a group home for children with autism in Minot, North Dakota.
He's been there for a week.

Our NBC affiliate in Minot caught up with Hutch in his new home.
Those at the home say he's already helping to make a difference in the children's lives.
"We've had to do some adjusting and he's done some adjusting, but he's done some good things for us already in the very short time. The kids love him," said Maggie Hulbert, the group home Program Coordinator in North Dakota.
"I play with him because I love dogs... we love him very much, he's fun to have around," said Samantha Robbings of North Dakota.

Hutch's brother Starsky is also a certified therapy dogs, he stayed behind and is helping children here in Erie, with autism.
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