Prison-trained puppy helps little girl overcome anxiety

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A young Colorado girl struggling emotionally after her battle with cancer has found hope thanks to a local program.

Aviana, 3, was diagnosed with leukemia last year.

After a long battle, she's in remission, but the traumatic memories remain.

Now, Colorado's Stink Bug Project is trying to help. It has matched a prison-trained puppy named Oakley with Aviana to help with her emotional stress.

The Stink Bug program matches dogs trained by prison inmates in Canon City with families who have a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

This year, the program has placed more than 20 dogs with adoptive families.