Veteran says service dog back to old self thanks to surgery, local support

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Canino said he saw an immediate difference in Addie, who had trouble seeing and would bump into things often before the surgery. Now, a few months later, Canino said Addie is active and curious to see new sights. (Tyler Hardin, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Army veteran Rich Canino goes everywhere with service dog Addie.

Addie helps Canino with his anxiety and alerts people if he has a seizure. But last October, Canino didn't know what the future would hold with Addie because she needed major surgery to correct cataracts in her eyes. Luckily, donations poured in from around the world, some coming from England and Australia.

"All of that's been covered, you know it's just been a weight off my shoulder not only emotionally, but obviously financially," Canino said. "The response was overwhelming."

Canino said he saw an immediate difference in Addie, who had trouble seeing and would bump into things often before the surgery. Now, a few months later, Canino said Addie is active and curious to see new sights.

"Now she's actually correlating visual things with the sounds and smells and the taste," Canino said.

Canino said he wants to pay it forward and is keeping the Addie's Eyes fundraiser open to support other veteran nonprofits. Click here to learn more and to contribute.

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