A group of specially trained comfort dogs from the Chicago area are in Newtown, Connecticut helping residents cope with the school shootings tragedy.

The dogs vistied a makeshift memorial and a church on Sunday.

They will be at after school activities with Sandy Hook Elementary School students on Monday.

Trainers from Lutheran Church Charities say residents can pet the dogs while they talk or pray with volunteers.

The dogs have traveled across the country to support victims in the aftermath of major tragedies such as Hurricane Sandy and the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri.