CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police are scouring the streets for a missing dog that may have been stolen. It's not just any family pet. It's a service dog that helps a local war veteran recover from his rough time overseas.
Ryan Grose is stuck with a feeling he hasn't experienced in more than three years. "Like part of me is gone," Grose said. "Like there is a void that can't be filled with anything."
After two combat tours overseas, he struggled with the graphic memories and PTSD. That's when he was paired with "Ebby," a greyhound husky mix. To Grose, this animal is more than a service dog, he's a lifeline.
"If you're having nightmares they wake you up, help with the emotional support," Grose said. "They're trained for traumatic brain injury. He reminds me to take my medication if I forget." But Wednesday, Grose came home and immediately knew that something wasn't right. Doors were open that had been locked and "Ebby" was not there to greet him.
"Disbelief," Grose said. "Total panic, I guess. Freaked out."
WINK News is learning that Cape Coral Police have joined the search. But, at this point, there are very few clues. All Grose wants is his dog back. "There is always a bond between a pet and its owner but it's even stronger when you depend on the pet," Grose said. "I definitely say he rescued me."
"Ebby" has one white eye and one green eye. Grose said he was just bathed Wednesday morning which, unfortunately, means he has no identification that shows he's a service dog. If you any information that can help call Cape Coral Police.