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Veteran claims his service dog in training has been stolen

Stolen puppy
Family photo via KOMO

Update 7/7/14: According to KOMO News, the pup has been returned to Robert Mitchell. Mitchell received an anonymous text on Friday and a reunion took place later that evening.

According to Thursday's KOMO News, an Army veteran, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, claims that his service-dog-in-training was stolen from his Olympia, Wash., yard earlier this week.

Robert Mitchell's five-month-old pit bull puppy, "Max," was in training to assist Mitchell with the various issues that accompany PTSD, but the pup was stolen sometime early Monday morning, while Mitchell was sleeping, and he has not been seen since.

The puppy had been in Mitchell's fully fenced-in backyard when he was taken. Mitchell told Q13 News more about the theft, and why he is certain that the puppy did not sneak out and run away:

He didn’t just run away,”

“He wouldn’t take his toy and his blanket with him to run away.

Another dog had been in the fenced yard with the puppy - the other dog was still there when Mitchell discovered that Max had disappeared.

Max has a microchip and all databases have been notified that the puppy was stolen. Mitchell does not want anyone to get in trouble for the theft - all he wants right now is to have his puppy returned to him, unharmed.

A police report has been filed with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office - anyone who has seen Max, or who has information about this case, is asked to call the authorities.

Watch the KOMO News report here.

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