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Meet Ozzie, canine advocate for abuse victims

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Victims of domestic assault have a new friend to turn to in Mid-Michigan.

Ozzie is an 18-month-old black lab who will soon work with the YWCA of Greater Flint and the Weiss Child Advocacy Center. He will comfort children and adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the county. Ozzie's mission is life is to bring happiness.

"He's got an amazing personality, a calming demeanor and you can just sense that the stress in the room starts to ease as he comes in and gives love and attention to those people," said Heidi Mcara, with the YWCA.

Ozzie was meant to be a social worker. He started his training at a correctional facility in the Upper Peninsula.

Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills and the Canine Advocacy Program of Michigan helped bring Ozzie to Genesee County. He is the 20th dog to be involved in the program.

Ozzie's handler said it's a dream come true to work with him, to help out children and folks who have been abused.

"It's actually a great honor to work with an animal like this because they bring so much and they don't ask much from you. They walk in the room and allow you to feel and have emotions and be there to protect you. They're just wonderful animals," said Tammy Monroe, Ozzie's handler.

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