Effort seeks to match dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD | The Augusta Chronicle

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May

Effort seeks to match dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD | The Augusta Chronicle

At 2 years old, Rogue already knows a foreign language.

“Sitz, Platz, Blieb, Hier,” his owner, Jerry Lyda, says in German, commanding the German Shepherd to sit, lie down, stay and come after walking 20 feet away.

A certified therapy dog, Rogue is not only intelligent, but intuitive, assisting with rehabilitation and helping people relieve stress. He excels at both, said Lyda, who bred Rogue to help the growing number of severely disabled veterans in the Augusta area.

Together, the two are saving lives, matching dogs marked for death at shelters in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties with veterans who suffer from the post-traumatic stress of war.

The effort is called Veterans K-9 Solutions and it is reinventing how war heroes and service dogs find new life and purpose in the Southeast. This region, other than requiring all pets have a current rabies vaccination, does not monitor animal safety and welfare, according to Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee records. Richmond County kills 70 percent of the animals it houses.

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