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Elmsford Sam's Club, company donate dog for girl with epilepsy

A little girl will get a service dog thanks to a local business.

The Sam's Club in Elmsford partnered with Milk-Bone, a maker of dog treats, to donate a seizure-response dog for a 10-year-old Long Island girl who has epilepsy.

The two companies donated a special Canine Assistants service dog for Giovanna Veteri of Bayville at an event Friday.

Giovanna, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 4, has a full-time aide who accompanies her at school. "Michael and Virginia Veteri feel a seizure-response dog will allow their daughter more independence, build her self-confidence and give her more opportunity to spend time with friends," a news release said.

Canine Assistants is a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge.

It takes up to two years to train each dog and the organization runs entirely on individual and corporate donations.

Milk-Bone and its retail partners have donated hundreds of service dogs nationwide over the past 14 years, the release said.

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