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Comfort Dogs Helping Ease Town's Unbearable Burden

Comfort Dogs Helping Ease Town's Unbearable Burden

Maili Pieragostini, 6, opened a box of crayons Tuesday, selected one and drew a butterfly on a piece of folded paper.

The artwork was for her friend, Charlotte Bacon, 6, who was killed in Friday's mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As Maili worked on her card for Charlotte at a local tutoring center, she looked up as a line of police cars passed by, followed by a hearse.

Watching her daughter, Katja Pieragostini dabbed her eyes before regaining her composure and explained that her daughter's school — Head O'Meadow Elementary School — was closed Tuesday because of what police said was an anonymous threat. Pieragostini said she...