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Posted: May 17, 2017

Army vet’s service dog stolen in attack, pleads for return, ‘I need her’

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An Army veteran from the Bronx, New York is looking for help in finding his stolen service dog. He was attacked on Mother’s Day and his 8-month-old puppy was stolen. He says he needs the dog and is desperate to find her.

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By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A New York Army veteran is pleading for the return of his young service dog, who was stolen in an attack on Mother’s Day while the vet was out walking the 8-month-old puppy in the Bronx.

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Robert Lebron, 44, told PIX11 News that he was jumped during the outing by two men, who physically assaulted him and stole his dog, Mala.

“I was attacked from behind,” Lebron told the TV station.

He said he’s devastated by the loss of the animal.

“What she gives me I can’t get from someone else: not a therapist or a family member or my friend,” he said.

“It’s unconditional love.”

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Lebron served in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks as an Army Ranger.

He’s asking for help finding his stolen dog.


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