Therapy Dog Helps Girl Heal After Sandy Hook Tragedy. Years Later, They’re Still Best Friends!

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 young children and six adults.

This tragedy left the survivors traumatized and shaken up, including a Sandy Hook student named Sammy.

Like Sammy, the students were having a hard time coping. Spartacus, a 125-pound Akita therapy dog, and his owner Brad Cole, were called to the school to help children with the therapy process after the shooting.

When Sammy met Akita, everything changed for her. He has been a very important part of Sammy’s healing process, and she wouldn’t be where she is today if it weren’t for him. He helps her break out of her shell and talk a lot more, during times she would normally keep quiet and to herself.

It’s truly amazing what animals can do for humans. Spartacus is a very special dog who is doing great things for kids like Sammy!

Hear more of their story in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.