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Local veteran gets new lease on life with service dog

Posted at 7:49 PM, Nov 02, 2016

Terrence Scott, like many veterans who returned home from combat, suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Since then it has been a struggle to get out of the house. It's been a struggle for me not to drink. It's been a struggle for me not to get in trouble," Scott said.

Scott relocated to Las Vegas 2 years ago for a fresh start. He said that was something that a service dog named Maggie was able to provide.

Scott received Maggie with the help of Michael's Angel Paws, a not for profit organization, that offers guidance, training, education and certification of the service dog from start to finish.

"There is nothing more than to help our veterans that have given so much of themselves to give us what we have -- freedom," said Stephanie Gerken, Michael's Angel Paws executive director.

"A service dog has prevented me from suicidal attempts, I am no longer on needed medications," said Scott.

Earlier this year, when Maggie unexpectedly passed away, Scott said, "A piece of me died."

A month ago, Scott was paired with Mika, a German Shepherd, that is now the love of his life.

"I have seen him open up more. So it's nice to see him come back after losing Maggie," Gerken said.

At 7 months old, Mika is still in the training phase, but it's something special Scott said because it's a chance for them to grow together.

"It's just limitless of what these dogs can do for me. They have given me a chance to survive," Scott said.