Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids brings back therapy dogs after a hiatus during the pandemic

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — A crucial member of the Allina Health Mercy Hospital staff in Coon Rapids was missing for the last two years.

Therapy dogs were eliminated from the hospital halls during the pandemic out of safety, but now, these furry, four-legged helpers are back.

Owner and handler Laurie MacKechnie was thrilled to bring her certified therapy dog, Ranger, back through the hospital hallways on Thursday afternoon.


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