SUFFOLK -- A special bond is being formed between dogs and children with autism.

Therapy dogs of Suffolk Humane Society members spend part of their Tuesdays with youngsters at Rivers Bend Academy.

K-9s Ella, Bella, Dallas, Ben, Macy, Gabe, Jack and Mocha have gotten lots of hugs and attention in this year-plus program. But the children get a lot, too. The dogs help the youngsters communicate better by reading to the dogs and improving social development, program officials say.

Some of the boys at the school say they're not scared and they look forward to see their four-footed friends.

Dallas is a 7-year-old rescue Pitbull. His owner says it took about eight weeks to train him to be a therapy dog.

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