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The arrival of specially-trained “comfort dogs” to grieving Newtown days after a shooting tragedy killed 27 people would have thrilled little Madeleine Hsu, a six-year-old who loved her golden retriever. 

A neighbor of the Hsu family, Karen Dryer, told the Associated Press she would wait for her daughter after school every day with their golden retriever in tow — delighting Madeleine every time.

"She would come off the bus and her face would light up when she saw the dog," Dryer said, according to the Associated Press

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