Service dogs graduate in Hastings

The dogs will be paired with veterans and people who suffer from disabilities. (4/17/14)

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON - A special graduation was held in Hastings yesterday for a class of dogs who will be paired with veterans and people who suffer from disabilities.

After years of training with Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, or "E-CAD," four canine graduates were assigned to their new owners, all are people living with various disabilities. The ceremony took place at James V. Harmon Community Center in Hastings.

Many of the owners say the dogs have changed their lives. One woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis says with the help of her dog, she's able to walk for the first time in 20 years. "I was just smiling and I felt like a young girl again and I could never repay these people enough for what they did," says Monica Lapeter.

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E-CAD also has a special program which provides service dogs for wounded veterans.

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