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Number Of Service Dogs Outpacing Awareness

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The increasing number of service dogs near the Fort Campbell Army post has outpaced public awareness about the animals.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported two problems have surfaced when soldiers take the dogs out in public -- lack of awareness about laws and abuse of the laws that do exist.

The issue came to a head recently when a deacon at a Clarksville, Tenn., church recently asked a Fort Campbell soldier to tether his psychiatric service dog or take it home. The deacon said he was confused about the purpose of the dog.

Leah Patterson, who trains service dogs for soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder, says the animals can help with all sorts of disorders that aren't immediately apparent, including traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, diabetes and autism.

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