Stolen Service Dog Reunited With Iraq War Veteran

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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.

58 thoughts on “Stolen Service Dog Reunited With Iraq War Veteran”

  1. NEVER EVER chain a dog in the back yard!! I’m sorry for your loss, but I hope the poor dog is safe in another home with people who appreciate him enough NOT to chain him outside!!!

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    • Hate to burst your bubble Anonymous, but the dog wasn’t being abused by being temporarily chained. Probably the new “people who appreciate” are a lab or such, they steal dogs all the time.

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    • what a jerk… my dogs get chained up outside too… i love my dogs but im not gonna stand out there with them all the time they need time outside just like u do….

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  2. My heart just breaks for this man..,soooooo sad:(( however, someone had a good point….they should check all local shelters as somebody could have been pissed off if they had seen the dog chained up out back when the man wasn’t home!! I hope they find this adorable puppers & that he is rtnd to his home:)))

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  3. I sympathize with the man, but seriously bad judgement call. Never chain a dog, especially out in the open like that where anyone can grab him. Lets just hope the dog is better off with someone else.

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  4. You can go back & forth all day about whether his service dog should have been chained or not, but the bottom line is that it’s still gone. Use some of that energy to find his service animal to get it back to him. Talking about woulda, coulda, shoulda does not help this Vet one damned bit. Go look for the dog instead if you want to help this soldier. He’s helped you in the past to keep our country safe.

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  5. I’m sure I’ll get alot of flack for this but dogs do not belong on a chain. Period.
    I feel bad for this gentleman but I don’t understand why a “service dog” is on a chain.
    Nothing good comes from a dog on a chain.
    I don’t know the whole story, obviously, but I would bet that someone felt sorry for the dog and took it.

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  6. I kind of agree with some of the people here; don’t know the whole story but a “partner and friend” wouldn’t have been CHAINED up in the back yard. If a dog is truly a member of the family they are INDOORS, with trips outside for walks, and maybe a doggie door to go in and out of a fenced back yard. I seriously doubt this was a one time thing. I truly hope this vet gets his dog back, and then starts REALLY treating the dog like a “partner and friend”. It will please me no end when laws are finally passed outlawing the chaining of dogs.

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