Veteran says his service puppy was stolen



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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 6:57 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Robert Mitchell’s doctor told him to get a service dog to help him deal with his seizures.

On Monday Mitchell lost that dog.

He thinks someone stole Maximus, his four-month-old pitbull puppy.

Mitchell uses a keyed lock to secure the backyard gate of his Olympia home.

He’s convinced someone stole the puppy because the dog’s blanket and bone are also missing.

“He didn’t take a blanket and bone with him,” said Mitchell, “He didn’t pack.”

Mitchell said the dog is too small to hop over the six-foot-tall fence in the backyard and there were no visible holes in the fence.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is helping Mitchell look for Maximus.

Mitchell spent 20 years in the Army before he said seizures forced him to retire in 2008. He served in the first Gulf War in Iraq and was deployed to Bosnia.

Mitchell said Maximus’ companionship has also helped with his post traumatic stress disorder.
Maximus had just started his training to become an official service dog.

He refuses to get a replacement.

“I feel like I lost my child,” said Mitchell.