A Labrador therapy dog who comforted the Aurora shooting victims, required therapy himself. The awesome dog is now on the road to recovery after contracting a spinal infection.
Chester, a 9-year-old Labrador, comforted survivors during the Aurora Theater shooting trial. Along with four other dogs, he was part of a trauma support team during the trial –including the verdict and formal sentencing in August.
According to a Colorado State University press release, the pawsome Lab logged a whopping 138 hours in his role as comforter,
Five days after formal sentencing, poor Chester developed severe and debilitating pain.
The amazing Lab is being treated for serious neck pain at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. An MRI showed irritated muscles that are evidence of infection.
“Chester lives his life to serve people,” veterinary student Emily Kirkpatrick said in the release. “It meant so much to us to help return him to his normal self.”
Currently, Chester’s treatment calls for antibiotics to overcome a spinal infection which will allow Chester to avoid surgery. He will be on an antibiotics plan for a full year.
At age 2, the black Labrador underwent training to comfort patients recovering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
“Chester is just a good ol’ boy,” said Kateri Nelson, Chester’s owner and trainer. “I want him to continue doing what he loves to do – helping people.”
Source: The Denver Post