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LI puppy trains with NHL to become future service animal

Maverick, a puppy from Long Island, is heading off to train with the Las Vegas Golden Knights to become a future service animal.

Jessica McMullen

Jan 23, 2024, 1:49 AM

Updated 175 days ago

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A Long Island nonprofit announced a partnership with the NHL to help train a future service dog.
Maverick, a 10-week-old yellow Labrador retriever, will be leaving America's VetDogs in Smithtown to travel with the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The nonprofit that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders has announced a partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights to help raise Maverick for a United States veteran or first responder.
Maverick will spend 16 to 18 months hanging out with the team to help socialize and shape the pup’s confidence.Kim Frank, president of Vegas Golden Knights Foundation said “We hope our fans are as excited to meet the new pup as our players and staff are.”
Following his time with the Vegas Knights, Maverick then will begin formal guide dog training for a veteran or first responder in need on the island.


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