Veteran Needs Your Help Locating Missing Service Dog

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A service dog who helps a local Veteran with post traumatic stress, is missing and he is now asking for your help locating his four legged friend. The dog's name is Bruce and he's a blue heeler. He apparently didn't come back to his Midland home after he was let outside with the family's other dog. The other dog came back but no sign of Bruce.

"He's very friendly, he loves to go for rides, so he may have very well gotten into a truck," Veteran's Spokesperson, Teresa Tuttle, said.

Bruce is a very special dog, he's a service dog to a Veteran who has post traumatic stress disorder. The four legged friend calms the veteran, who's been deployed to Iraq, from his anxiety. Teresa Tuttle spoke to NewsWest 9 on behalf of the veteran and the affect that this has had.

"He doesn't have his dog there, so he can't calm himself down and the anxiety gets worse. He's going to struggle. Every day without his dog is a struggle for him. We all have pets and love them but he needs his dog to get him through the day," Tuttle said.

Tuttle says they've placed posters everywhere and retraced his paws on where he may have gone or someone who may have picked him up. Bruce was last see near Fairgrounds and Todd Road in East Midland.

"Service dogs not coming back is very unusual, which makes me think someone might have picked him up," Tuttle said. "You know he went to war for us, he fought for us, so it's our job to step up and help him out you know. It's really important that we get his dog back home."

If you have seen Bruce, you are asked to call 432-638-7984.