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A retired U.S. Army intelligence officer in Olympia, Washington said that his service dog has been stolen.
According to KING-TV, Robert Mitchell’s physician recommended that the army veteran get a service dog to help him deal with seizures, but on Monday, Mitchell said someone took his pit bull puppy.
KOMO News noted that Mitchell believes thieves stole the 5-month-old puppy named Maximus, from his backyard.
“I feel like I've lost my child,” he said.
Mitchell insists that Maximus did not escape or run away because his bone and doggy blanket were also missing.
“His blanket and his toys (are) gone. The dog wouldn't have packed his toys and his blanket.”
Since Maximus is microchipped Mitchell alerted the authorities who are assisting in the search for the pup.
Maximus has helped his owner with the PTSD he suffers from after serving in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Operation Enduring Freedom and Bosnia. He refuses to get a new dog and is awaiting Maximus’ safe return.