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Funds needed for popular Patriot Dog program

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Since its inception last spring, the program for Patriot Assistance Dogs in Becker County has continued to grow.

Word got out and demand for the diligent dogs continues to mount, which means so do the bills that come with training them.


The cost of training one of these service dogs averages out to roughly $15,000 between medical expenses, training, boarding and licensing fees.

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