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U.S. School Shooting Therapy Dogs Honoured With Yearbook Page

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have used their yearbook to thank the therapy dogs that helped them return to school following the Parkland shooting.

The 14 therapy and service dogs used at the Florida school all had their portraits taken to recognise their role in helping students recover from the mass shooting in February 2018.

The incredibly popular dogs were reportedly even signing the year books.

"We love that Chief loves his yearbook! Make sure to find him to sign it," the yearbook organisers said.

The school was the scene of the Parkland massacre, when a former student opened fire killing 17 students and teachers and injuring another 17.

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Therapy dogs were brought onto campus for students returning two weeks after the shooting.

"Staff came back to campus today: it was a great start to the healing process. Thank you to the therapy dogs; that really helped a lot of us," Principal Ty Thompson said at the time.

Nine dogs were initially provided by the Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois, with more added in the following weeks to help students settle back into school.

The school also has an official therapy dog, River, a Bernese mountain dog-poodle mix.

The dog was adopted by Diane Haneski, the library media specialist at the school, who helped to shelter 50 students during the shooting.

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