Service dogs graduate in top formFebruary 23, 1997
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SANTA ROSA, California (CNN) -- About 50 dogs marched across the stage in a special graduation ceremony Sunday.
The dogs were trained to be companions for people with physical disabilities other than blindness.
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Volunteer trainers with the group "Canine Companions for Independence" turned the dogs over to their new owners in an emotional ceremony.
"Just attending these graduation ceremonies gives me a sense of meaning that defies any description I could give," said trainer Scott McKelvey.
The group has been training service dogs since 1975.
CNN affiliate KTVU contributed to this report.
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