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Assistance dog helps people with eating disorder

Posted at 9:17 AM, Dec 09, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — It's a new way to help those battling an eating disorder - provide emotional support from an assistance dog.

That's what's happening at the eating disorder treatment center EDCare in Colorado Springs.

Lammon, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever, is the facility dog at EDCare. Michelle Evans, the adolescent & adult program coordinator, received Lammon from Canine Companions for Independence.

Lammon has been professionally trained in over 40 commands to assist Evans as she helps her patients.

"Lammon is there to be a soothing, comforting presence. He does a great job of recognizing when someone might be feeling anxious or feeling sad, goes right up to them, puts his head in their lap," Evans said.

Lammon joined the center in July and serves about 10 patients every day.