Comfort dog provides healing in Chattanooga

Jewel (Courtesy: Lutheran Church Charities)
Jewel (Courtesy: Lutheran Church Charities)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WATE) – A Loudon County comfort dog traveled to Chattanooga Tuesday to provide healing to students and teachers at Woodmore Elementary school.

At least five students from Woodmore Elementary died after a school bus crash Monday. More students are in the hospital, including six in the Intensive Care Unit.

Jewel, a comfort dog, is part of a team from Lutheran Church Charities. She wears a harness that says “please pet me” offering others to wrap themselves around her.

Jewel and Ruthie, another comfort dog, visited parents and teachers, and visited classrooms.

In the past year, the Loudon County dog has helped victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the Baton Rouge community after a police shooting.

Click here for more on the Chattanooga school bus crash.