Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) recently greeted Leroy, a one-year-old boerboel mastiff who is training to be a service dog for military veterans and first responders as part of the Paws and Warriors organization. These dogs are trained to assist men and women as they learn to cope with physical and mental disabilities as a result of trauma from their military or first response service.
I applaud the work of organizations like Paws and Warriors in helping veterans and first responders heal and grow after their service to our country and communities, said Ashby, who sits on the Assembly Committee on Veteran Affairs. I am thankful to the many working dogs in our state who help make a difference in the lives of our brave men and women.
Leroy was with his trainer, Santos M. Lopez, of the Orange County Choppers located in Newburgh. Paws and Warriors works with and trains rescue animals to become service animals. More information about them can be found at their website.