LEHIGH ACRES, FL – An Iraq war veteran says his special needs assistance dog was stolen from behind his home on Unice Avenue South Monday night.
UPDATE (2/29/12): Ebby is home. There was a happy reunion in Lehigh Acres this weekend when the service dog stolen from a young war veteran was finally returned to his elated owner.
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There are no suspects in the case, and Ryan Grose says he is devastated by the loss of his friend and partner. He is pleading for the safe return of Ebby after the dog was stolen by someone who broke the chain that secured him. Grose came home Monday night and Ebby had vanished.
“I started to break down I guess. I called my girlfriend and she came over,” said Grose.
Grose served 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the young veteran returned to the states with post traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury. Ebby is specially trained to help him cope with episodes of severe anxiety.
“If I go into a flashback, he can recognize the symptoms- he’ll come up to me and nudge me,” said Grose. He says he’s lost without his four-legged support system, and just wants his beloved pet back.
Anyone with information regarding Ebby or his whereabouts is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff at 239-477-1000.