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Local Lincoln Resident Needs Service Dog

Local Lincoln Resident Needs Service Dog

 By Veronica Ortega

In 2007, Brittney Riley began to show signs of illness that made it hard for her to hold down food.

By 2011, she was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and spasms, that affect her balance and overall energy.  

She was studying to become a veterinarian but the symptoms made it difficult and by the end she needed a feeding tube to get through school.

"I was a runner, I ran half marathons, 5k's, 3k's are my favorite, and I did one triathlon. But as the disease progressed I lost the ability to run about three years ago. Which is one of my favorite things to do."

The time Riley can spend on her feet has become limited. She's teamed up with the local non-profit organization Domesti-Pups to improve her way of life.

"My new service dog will help me with balance. Going up and down stairs, which is important because where I live I have stairs, and also just letting me walk longer distances."

The dogs are trained by inmates at Lincoln's Correctional Center before being matched with people in need.

Domesti-Pups set up a donation page at Red Basket to raise the $12,000 Riley needs to get her new companion. A service dog will giver her the confidence to go out and do the things she loves.

"I have a lot of hopes for getting better mobility and getting back to running and being more active. My biggest dream is doing an Iron Man in Idaho."

For information on how to donate, click here.

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