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Boy with autism gets new pal: Norman to serve as service dog

Liam Morgan sits with his new service dog, Norman, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A boy has his dog, with a special purpose.

Liam Morgan, 9, is autistic, and 16-month-old Norman is his specially trained service dog.

They met for the first time Monday.

Supporters raised $25,000 to get Norman to be by Liam’s side.

“As we pray and believe for healing, I feel God has lead us to Norman,” Liam’s mother, Melissa Morgan, said in a news release. “Self-injury is an everyday (occurrence) for Liam. With Norman by his side, he will redirect Liam by pawing at him or placing his head in his lap. He will also be trained to lay over Liam to apply deep pressure if he gets overstimulated. These are just a few of the many ways Norman will be helping with everyday challenges.”

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