Hazel the service dog and her handler, Gary Zelner, were volunteers at Huntington Hospital before the COVID pandemic.
They had to halt their patient visits last spring, but now -- they can resume making rounds.
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It was an exciting day for patients and staff at the hospital, and certainly for Hazel.
With her calm and comforting demeanor, Hazel's presence was a source of great joy to the staff on Monday.
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