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Community steps up for local man and his dog(s)

Series: Homelessness in Sweet Home | Story 1

September 9, 2020

LOUIS CARREIRO holds one of the pups born to his service dog, Diamond, in a shed at the Sweet Home Church of the Nazarene, which has provided camping opportunities for local homeless people.

Louis Carreiro was one of the first local homeless individuals to shelter by the Nazarene church last March.

He's been sticking around with his service dog Diamond, a Labrador and bull mastiff mix.

"I do the best I can to keep it as clean around here as possible and keep all the riffraff and whatnot away," Carreiro said of the church grounds.

Carreiro, age 56, has been homeless for over 20 years. His blond hair peeks out below his trucker hat, obscuring his ears, and a grey beard and glasses grace his lined face. He's a thin, suntanned man, worn by the struggles of life, but he holds himse...

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