A Florida woman was caught on camera stealing a service dog from a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran. Now, there’s a $1,000 reward offered to anyone who can help authorities return the dog safely.
According to KPTV, surveillance video recorded the woman taking the veteran’s 6-pound Pomeranian, Kira, while he was distracted. The man was walking his two service dogs through an outdoor shopping mall iin Osceola County when another woman approached him and started an argument.
“She got in my face,” Hanson told WFTV. “Cussing and swearing.”
While they disputed, a second woman came up from behind the veteran, unleashed Kira, and walked away.
The veteran suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and relies on his service dogs for assistance.
“My life is better because I have them,” Hanson told Click Orlando. “It allows me to function in public.”
He said he did not see the woman take Kira. Meanwhile, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office captured and has distributed images of the dognapper from the surveillance video.
Hanson said Kira, at 21 years old, cannot hear well and is losing her eyesight. Both he and his other service dog, Star, are hoping for the safe and expedient return of their furry friend.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.