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BRIGHTON – A pit bull named Chance and his owner Marla began their visits as an animal therapy team Monday at the Platte Valley Medical Center.

Marla says the journey to become a therapy dog was not an easy one. Chance was left at a local shelter as a young, 57-pound pit bull mix with no training. He was said to have spunk and an "advance taste for furniture."

"[It's been] one of the most difficult paths to follow but all it took was a belief that is who Chance is," said his owner. "He intuitively senses when he is needed."

Chance took obedience classes and moved on to specialized therapy animal training with Animals for Therapy. The organization is a partner to Pet Partners, who evaluated chance and approved his service.

After several shadow visits, the pair are official volunteers at the hospital.

9NEWS was there to document their first day. You can watch the visits on 9NEWS at 6 p.m.


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