Dogs help community deal with Santa Fe shooting

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SANTA FE, Texas (AP) -

A row of crosses sits outside Santa Fe High School. The crosses displayed as a powerful reminder of the 10 people killed in Friday's mass shooting

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Santa Fe alumni, James Otto stopped by to see the crosses of two of his favorite former teachers. 

"I knew Ms. Perkins and Ms. Tisdale. They were teachers of mine and some of my favorites" Otto said.

"They were always willing to go out of their way to help, they were great people. I just wish I could have been a better student for them when I was there." 

A local charity responded to the tragedy by bringing in therapy dogs. Lutheran church charities K9 comfort dog ministry has dogs all over the country and they go where there is crisis. 

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"When the shooting happened, we were able to get 4 dogs here within hours and we were with students, families and the community at the vigil." says Comfort Dog ministry worker Rich Martin.

The dogs offer an opportunity to step out of the moment they are in and to give them some peace and comfort. 

While the community is still reeling from the tragedy, these four-legged friends comfort is one way some people are healing. 

"Anyone willing to show support by being here, bringing dogs, it shows a lot about us as a people that we are willing to help out. We just need to be there for each other" Otto says.

The therapy dogs will be out here all week and for as long as needed. 

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