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A golden retriever service-dog-in-training was stolen from a facility in northwest Georgia, and now her owners are seeking help from the public to locate her.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported that 3-month-old Dorie had been training at Milton-based Canine Assistants, a nonprofit school for service dogs, and that she was taken from the facility’s kennel sometime between the evening of Sept. 3 and the early morning of Sept. 4.
“This is the first time in 25 years we have ever had a puppy stolen from our farm,” Canine Assistants founder and executive director Jennifer Arnold told the news website. “And considering the facts, we can only assume the person(s) involved knew our system and they had a clear intention to take Dorie along with her service vest.”
Arnold and hear team conducted an internal investigation and found that none of the group’s 280 volunteers had Dorie in their possession, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Milton Police are helping search for Dorie, and as of Sept. 12, the puppy’s parents were offering a $3,500 reward for information on her whereabouts. The news station did not disclose the owners’ names.
Canine Assistants has reportedly tightened its security measures since the theft.