Service dogs are special to the humans that rely on them for the unique training and service they provide. A 7-year old boy was left without his trusted and reliable seizure alert dog after the dog was stolen. Roxy, a red nosed pit bull was taken from the safety of her own yard leaving a young child without his best friend.
Hailey Winslow a reporter with News 4 Jax reported Sabrina Taylor, Roxy’s owner stating “My son could lose his life because we can’t tell when he seizes. He could seize in his sleep, which is mostly what he does, and he could not wake up, and of course she tells us, she bangs the door, she’ll go through the door until you wake up to let you know something’s wrong with Clayton,” said Taylor. News 4 Jax first reported the sad, but happy ending story and you can read it in its entirety here.
What can you do to keep your pet safe?
Place a collar on your pet with identification tags as this is your pet’s first ticket home. Micro chipping is a secondary method in the event they become separated from you or in Roxy’s case your pet is stolen. Safe and affordable resources are available to microchip your pet. Follow these simple tips to learn more about micro chipping and how to keep your pet safe.
• The Humane Society of the United States: High Technology: Identifying Lost Pets With Microchips.
• PetFinder has a great fact sheet that helps to answer all your questions about micro chipping.
• Home Again is a great microchip resource.
Keep your pets safe every day. Simple measures can avoid the scare that Roxy placed on her owner. Roxy is home safe today, luckily for the young child that depends on the service Roxy provides. Is your dog safe? Is your dog micro chipped? How do you protect your pet from being stolen?
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