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Copeland meets her service animal


SNELLVILLE, GA. — A metro Atlanta woman is moving forward in her recovery from a battle with flesh-eating bacteria.

Aimee Copeland, 25, of Snell­ville, met her new service dog Sunday. The labradoodle named Belle visited Copeland to get acquainted with her new surroundings. She will train for another month at the PSD Academy & Registry in Cocoa, Fla., before permanently returning to Georgia.

Belle will help Copeland with daily tasks, such as turning off lights and retrieving her medicine.

Copeland contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis in May 2012 after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. She spent nearly two months at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. The disease forced doctors to amputate her hands, her left leg and her right foot.

She’s working with PSD to create a nonprofit called Paws of Mind.

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