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Disabled woman gets new dog after her service dog is killed

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"Baron would open doors for me, he would notice when my heart was messing up, and he would make me slow down and sit down.  Life without a service k9 has been very difficult."

Katherine Lockwitch lost her German Shepherd service dog named Baron last November in a hit-and-run accident.

She suffers from Tarlov disease which makes it difficult to get around.

And without Baron, Katherine became even more depressed.

Michael Giannetti is a German Shepherd breeder and trainer in Hernando county. Giannetti felt he had to do something.

"It hit us very dearly. My wife and I said let's go ahead and try to find out more about it."

He decided to give Lockwitch a new German Shepherd puppy.

"You just don't have any idea what it means to be able to be almost a normal human," said Lockwitch while crying.

Lockwitch was then given her new puppy.

"Look at you moose, oh, Tarlov. Hi, baby boy!"

Lockwitch named the new dog after the disease she is living with.

"Tarlov disease has taken so much away from me so I think it's very fitting that Tarlov bring back some pleasure."

Her new puppy will have company. Tarlov's mother is retiring and Pendragon Acres is giving her to the Lockwitchs to help while Tarlov grows up.

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