Mass. police launch comfort dog program

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BOSTON, MA. nb A police department in Massachusetts has launched a new program that uses dogs to help people deal with distress.

The comfort dog program includes this big saint bernard named Clarence and an adorable side-kick.

A nine-week-old puppy named donut.

Greenfield police say the dogs will help ease anxiety in victims of crime and people dealing with stressful situations.

Lt. William Gordon says that the program is important. "The dogs are going to be able to help us calm people down so we can refocus their energies on helping them recover from their tragedy."

Clarence has helped comfort the victims of crime all over the country-- including those at the sandy hook school shooting.