“I’ve been crying all morning,” Larry Peteet told WTSP after his dog was returned.
Peteet, an Air Force veteran who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, lost his support dog after a heart condition caused him to get into a car accident. The veteran’s 8-year-old Labrador Retriever, Sandy, was taken to a neighbor’s house while Peteet was treated in the ICU for the following three days, CBS DFW reports.
That neighbor handed Sandy off to another, who left her at a dog park with some people “who said they had a black lab at home.”
Peteet was distraught when he learned what had happened to his dog.
“When it first happened, it was all I could do to not freak out and lose my mind,” he told WFLA. “She’s my baby girl, she’s the love of my life. I love her more than anything.”
Peteet hired a private investigator to track down his dog. Eventually, one of the individuals from the dog park called to say she was safe.
“A good Samaritan called this morning to tell us he had Sandy Girl!!!,” Pet Detective Jamie Katz wrote on Instagram. “His boss saw the news segment on WFLA News Channel 8 last night and called us right away!!! Steve (The good Sam) was given Sandy after he was told she was abandoned…. Welcome Home Sandy Girl & CASE CLOSED!!!!”
See the tearful reunion in the video below.