NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Students returning to Mid-Plains Community College campuses in Nebraska will find a new tool to help with their emotional health — and she's furry.

The college has added Shenzi, a black Labrador puppy, as the college's therapy dog to help those going through a personal tragedy or loss. The college says Shenzi's work began this month with the return of students for a new fall semester.

Shenzi's handler, Holly Andrews, says the pup is taking over the role that had belonged to Nestle, the college's therapy dog for the previous five years. Nestle died in January after a battle with cancer.

The college has its main campuses in North Platte and McCook and satellite campuses in Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine. Shenzi will be available to students at all locations at various times.

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