Comfort dog hurt in Joplin shooting prepares to resume work

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JOPLIN, MO-A golden retriever that was among two dogs and six people injured when a man opened fire in Joplin is returning to work providing comfort to victims of tragedies and disasters.

The Joplin Globe reports the dog, named Louie, was hit in the neck last month, while another dog, Jackson, suffered a graze wound to his ear. The retrievers are part of a church’s comfort dog ministry and were headed to St. Louis in a van for training when gunfire erupted. Besides the dogs, four people in the van were hurt, along with a couple in another vehicle.

Multiple felony charges have been filed against a 26-year-old Joplin man.

Louie’s recovery got a test Tuesday when he visited a Christian school in Joplin, where he got hugs from students.

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