The Shield

Support animals offer relief

Mercades Axton, freshman nursing major,
sits with her emotional support animal Henley,
as they sport USI apparel. Henley has been
Axton’s emotional support animal for five years.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

December 5, 2017

Mercades Axton sat in an oversized armchair with her legs pulled up under her. Axton slowly ran her fingers between Henley’s soft ears, all the way down his back to his tail. The Shorkie remained still but watchful as Axton spoke of her mother’s death. The freshman nursing major’s muted tele...

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