Veteran reunited with his stolen dog

For Robert Moreland, his dog Black Jack was more than just a companion. Black Jack has helped Moreland cope with PTSD after serving two decades in the Air Force. Then last April someone took Black Jack from him. Now ten months later the two are reunited.

Black Jack, a two-year-old German Shepherd, had been by Moreland’s side during some of the darkest days of his life. “PTSD is one mother,” said Moreland. “It wipes you out. Every time something goes wrong it bests you to death.” Then something went terribly wrong last April when someone stole Black Jack. “It hurt me to my heart,” said Moreland.

Then ten months later Black Jack was found by a resident in a nearby retirement community. They contacted Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Volunteers said that Black Jack had been found with a green plastic collar and a chain with rotten meat around his neck. Both are indications that he had been used as a bait dog for a dog fighting ring.

Black Jack luckily had a microchip and he was able to be reunited with Moreland on Thursday. Black Jack will require surgery for some of the injuries he suffered during his ten month ordeal. Big Dog Ranch Rescue plans to raise the funds to get Black Jack the care he needs. Donations can be made at their website.


  1. Anonymous says on  02/15/2013 at 2:22 pm

    Scum of the earth ! This dog was stolen and used as a bait dog in a fighting ring !! Those are the people who need nuetering …
    BRAVO ….. BDRR !!!

  2. Sandy says on  02/15/2013 at 2:55 pm

    They could face up to 5 years in jail. Big deal. If you get caught running a dog fighting ring, you should get 5 years per dog, and forced to pay for all the dog’s vet bills and rehab. So glad Black Jack was found! Hopefully he and Robert will have a long life together taking care of each other.

  3. Jennifer Jackson says on  02/15/2013 at 3:11 pm

    I just want 5 minutes with the dog fighting people…..just 5 damn minutes, that’s all I need

  4. Vicki Brockish says on  02/15/2013 at 3:20 pm

    Let’s tie meat around their necks and put them in a ring with a bunch of hungry pack dogs. See how it feels to try and fight them off.

  5. dog fighting is absolutely disgusting and anyone who takes part in it has some serious problems

  6. Christine says on  02/15/2013 at 10:32 pm

    To think that this brave man gave two decades of his life in service to his country and those scumbags stole his dog to use as bait in the same country that he defended! That is too totally obscene! Dog fighting is all too prevalent and much stronger laws need to be drafted to stop this barbaric practice once and for all! These ‘slap on the wrist’ punishments accomplish nothing – certainly no deterrent to the ‘big profit’ dog fighting thugs!

  7. Anonymous says on  02/15/2013 at 11:45 pm

    We all have to be very sure our animals are kept safe. I leave my two little ones home with doggie doors that lead into a secured yard….but horrible humans (and I use the term lightly) can steal even big GS’s….so from now on, mine will be locked in the house when I’m gone….hopefully, Black Jack will never again be unguarded.

    • WisePati says on  02/16/2013 at 8:46 am

      Yes, sad but true. There have been reports of dogs being stolen from yards when people are not home or not aware. We dog guardians need to keep them safe however we can.

  8. Janeeta says on  02/16/2013 at 1:12 am

    Praise the Lord that Black Jack is not in that horrible situation anymore and is back home with his human.

  9. I’m glad this story had a happy ending, but once again the service dog is incorrectly named, this time as a “companion dog.” Companion dogs are pets.

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