Service dog disappears while owner in hospital

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Updated Friday, May 7 at 10:39 AM

SEATTLE, Wash. -  Eric Thorsen says sometimes he gets so lonely he falls into a deep depression. He lives in a 500 square foot apartment and has no family - except for his service dog, Pixie.

"I have a tendency towards depression, but it's very hard when you're around Pixie to stay depressed," says Thorsen, 65. "She has that affect on people."

A water bowl is now the only sign of Pixie. Earlier this month, while Thorsen underwent hip surgery, he left Pixie with a friend. When he came home, the dog was gone.

"I've been devastated ever since," said Thorsen.

The friend told Thorsen the dog had been run over by a car. Police are not buying that story. They believe the dog was sold or given to someone else.

"I've tried quite hard to confirm the death of the dog and, since I haven't been able to confirm it, I've gone to shifting my focus to locating the dog that I believe is alive and is stolen," says Seattle police officer Robert Howard. 

Thorsen's neighbors are also searching for Pixie. Thorsen hopes maybe someone bought the dog without knowing just how important she is to him.

"I just hope they realize how much I care about and how much I need the dog," said Thorsen.

If you have any information contact Ofc. Rob Howard at 206-979-0303

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