Assistance Dog Found

In Elizabethtown, a 16-year-old autistic boy has been reunited with his dog all thanks to an ad in the newspaper.

Leah, a three-year-old red heller, was taken from the Elizabethtown Wal-Mart on Saturday night. The teen and his mother went in the store, leaving Leah in the car with the window open. A few minutes later, in came the dog. Not long after, a customer shoos her back towards the door.

The teen's mother adopted Leah years ago. She's been trained to search and find him and to be a comfort when he's distracted.

The case caught the attention of the E-town Police who began investigating it as a theft. Leah's owner says someone was seen on camera putting Leah in the vehicle, but detectives knew the disappearance was less than sinister.

The teen made handmade fliers in an effort to find the dog...but ended up finding him through an add placed in the the Hardin County paper by the very woman who had taken Leah, thinking she was lost.

Police say no charges will be filed against the woman who took the dog.


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  • by What Location: RIchmon on Jun 25, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Glad he got her back. Sounds like the dog was just doing its job and the mother needs to be more careful with it. After all its trained to find the boy if she walks off with him and teh dogs loose its gonna want to make him happy by finding him.
  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jun 24, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    You're not supposed to leave your pets in the car. Especially on hot days. They can get way too hot even with the windows down.
  • by marsha Location: whitesburg on Jun 24, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    i am just happy Leah is back with her boy!!!!!
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jun 24, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    ahhh good news... nice to read
  • by Jeanene Location: Lexington on Jun 24, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    I shared a story regarding the education that is needed for the community. These dogs are protected under Civil Federal Laws and the penalties are great for not permitting the dog to enter with the (disabled) consumer. We sent a story request for the Lexington area to educate the community on the benefits of service dogs and the regulations (laws)for all establishments. We must educate the community, businesses, and the purpose of these dogs. They are trained to asst. the disabled, they are not pets and are permitted in any venue the consumer visits. Education will help prevent the barriers these individuals face daily. The fight to allow the dog to accompany the individual in walmart was probably easier to have her stay in the car. We are placing service dogs around Lexington and already began the fight. Education to the community is vital to prevent these sad stories. I hope we can share our resources to get the word out. My email is attached and sent email to Barbara Howard.
  • by Tammy Location: Frankfort on Jun 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM
    who ever took this baby have a heart and return her safe and sound I will pray for her safe return god bless this family!

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