PORT WASHINGTON - Long Island dogs are headed to Boston to help ease the recovery process for bombing victims.

The North Shore Animal League sent 13 dogs to provide puppy love to staff and patients at Boston Medical Center, where 23 people were treated following the Boston Marathon bombings. Employees at the North Shore Animal League say contact with animals can have a therapeutic effect on people who have been through traumatic events.

The dogs will visit with people outside the hospital but will not assist victims who lost limbs because that typically takes two to three years of training.