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UW-L Student Receives Service Dog.

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Capable Canines is a non-profit group that trains service dogs in the La Crosse area. The most recent service dog that was trained was given to a local UW-L student, Ryan Nell. Ryan has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheel chair in his daily life. Ryan is involved in student affairs and will be graduating from UW-L in May.

Ryan along with Capable Canines have been raising money throughout the La Crosse community to be able to purchase Wally, a male black lab. Ryan says most of the donations came from people he knew but there were often random donations from strangers.

The service dog allows Ryan more independence. Wally attends class with Ryan, as well as anywhere he might need to go. Wally assists in any way he can, helping pick up dropped items, grabbing things from across the room, and sometimes helping Ryan into his wheelchair. Wally still gets to be a regular dog too. When his service vest comes off he knows he is off duty but will still always be near Ryan.

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