Hospital dogs brought in to help El Paso first responders

Chanel and Rudy fly across Texas

By David Williams, CNN
Methodist Healthcare System via CNN

Specially trained dogs from a San Antonio hospital are in El Paso to help first responders and medical staff, who cared for victims after Saturday's mass shooting at a Walmart.

(CNN) - Specially trained dogs from a San Antonio hospital are in El Paso to help first responders and medical staff, who cared for victims after Saturday's mass shooting at a Walmart.

Chanel and Rudy flew across Texas with their handlers and immediately got to work.

"They are already providing their unconditional love and support to first responders helping them cope through this traumatic time," Methodist Healthcare System wrote on its Facebook page.

Chanel and Rudy are facility dogs. They are trained to work in hospital settings and will be at Del Sol Medical Center, where some victims were treated, CNN affiliate KSAT reported.

Authorities say 20 people have died and 26 were wounded in the attack.

The dogs are trained to visit hospital staff, patients and their loved ones who are going through a difficult time.

"You will actually see them head straight for a person that's displaying the most distress. It's pretty amazing to watch," handler Lee Stanphill told KSAT. "It's heart-melting to see them interact with the patients and you know they're making a positive impact."

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