By CBSNewYork Team

SURFSIDE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — As search and rescue efforts stretch into a second week in Surfside, Florida, crisis response canine teams from New Jersey are providing emotional support.

“They give something to the folks that we can’t,” Crisis Response Canines co-founder John Hunt told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.

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The dogs offer quiet support and a sense of security for grieving families and those putting their lives at risk on the rubble.

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“He just sat on the ground with Axel, just was petting him and relaxing with him. He stood up afterwards, he said to me, ‘You know what, this is what I needed just to give me the energy to get back to the task at hand,'” Hunt said.

A task that likely has several months to go.

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CBS2’s Jessica Layton contributed to this report.

CBSNewYork Team