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Therapy dog killed by bear mourned

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Loki the pitbull worked with a variety of clients as a therapy dog (pawsitivehorizons.com).

On March 9th, a therapy dog named Loki encountered a bear near Prince George. Loki fought with the bear for nearly half an hour before conservation officers arrived to subdue the bear.
Kirby MacInnes owned and trained Loki. She believes Loki was protecting her husband and the other dogs he was walking. 

"In his own way he was protecting his family.... He was in the fight of his life." 

Listen to MacInnes talk about Loki's life and legacy

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Loki was taken to vet, where he died from his injuries.

"He was comforting me in the end," says MacInnes. "I was able to put my head up against his." 

McInnes is not the only one mourning Loki. He was a therapy dog who had clients ranging from youth custody to transition houses. MacInnes says Loki could always make a connection.

"I think the fact that Loki was a pitbull and an often misunderstood breed and the stigma with that, our clients were able to connect with that, too." 

MacInnes and her husband are now working on starting a fund in Loki's memory. The money will be used to help provide vet care to pet owners who can't afford it.

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