By Lauren Pastrana
October 5, 2018
“We’re being hurt. We’re truly being hurt by those not following these regulations and laws that are in place to protect us.” Eduardo DieguezMIAMI (CBSMiami) – Eduardo Dieguez believes in second chances, for himself and for his four-legged friends.
“If it wasn’t for one of these guys,” Dieguez says referring to his dog, “I wouldn’t be around.”
With the help of Paws 4 You Rescue, Dieguez trains shelter dogs to be service animals.
“We’re giving them a role to play in somebody’s health,” he said.
He doesn’t just train them, he needs one, as well.
Dieguez suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“My PTSD stems from abuse when I was a young child,” Dieguez said.
Add in military service and more than a decade as a law enforcement officer, and Dieguez says he knew he needed help.
“That just intensified my fight or flight. And it usually went to fight. Dogs were the only thing that helped bring me down from all that fear and anxiety that I had,” Dieguez explained.
But Dieguez says it’s getting tougher to take his service animal with him in to public places.
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