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Heartless Thieves Steal Service Dog From Disabled Iraq Vet In New Hampshire

Many people mistakenly believe that service dogs are only for the visually impaired. Actually, it turns out that service dogs today perform a variety of roles for people with a broad range of disabilities. Keep in mind that a service dog may require as much as two years of training, and only a few dogs are smart enough and have the right personality traits to be a service dog.

Moreover, disabled individuals bond very closely with their service dog in many cases, and losing a long-time service dog has been described by many people as just as difficult as losing a family member or other loved one.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what Ashley McCall of Concord, NH, an Iraq War veteran, is having to deal with today. That’s because the disabled woman was assaulted and her service dog was stolen from her last week. Concord police are investigating the tragic case, and are on the hunt for the brazen dognapper.

According to McCall, she was just getting into her car last Thursday afternoon when a man she had never seen before came up to her and started to ask her questions about her dog, Jax.

McCall explains what happened next in an interview with a local TV station: “And he reaches for my door, and he pulls it open. So I shut it back, and as I do that, he takes me and slams me to the ground. And then takes Jax and gets into this silver Ford Focus and leaves and starts speeding off.”

Keep in mind that McCall had been given the highly trained Jax to assist her in coping with her sometimes disabling depression and anxiety. This means the theft of McCall’s dog is a lot more than just the loss of a pet to McCall. “Ultimately, we just want the dog back. He’s a family member. He’s not a pet. He’s a family member,” McCall’s husband, Chris, noted in an interview.

In a stroke of good luck, Fred Keach, the owner of a local flower shop, happened to have seen two men sitting in a car not far from his shop for several hours that morning. As an ex-cop with some experience in these matters, Keach eventually became suspicious and walked up to the men to speak with them.

The pair claimed they were just waiting to pick up a friend, but Keach pointed out that “didn’t make sense, when in this day and age when everyone has a cellphone, you can pick up the phone, call, and ask them where they are, so from the beginning it looked like there was some ambush that was about to happen at some point.”

Keach says he was able to give police a detailed description of the two men, as well as the car they were in and the license plate number.

The police report highlights that the suspect left both Jax’s leash and service vest behind when he fled with the animal.

“He is a provider of unconditional love,” McCall explained, referring to her companion, Jax, in a follow-up email with the TV station. “Jax helps calm me when anxious. Could really use him now,” she noted in her message.

Source: Yahoo
Photo: Ashley McCall

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