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Stroke victim's service dog stolen

January 8, 2013 3:27:45 PM PST
A service dog belonging to a woman who suffered a stroke was stolen from her yard. Her husband is making a heartfelt plea to get their dog back.

"We're going to get her back, we're going to get back the dog," said Silvio Ciabattoni, victim's husband.

Silvio Ciabattoni has spent the last three days trying desperately to comfort his wife Linda who is distraught over the loss of their beloved pet, Milly.

"She wrote down Milly. She wrote it down she wanted the dog to come in. I said I don't have the dog. Somebody took. What can I do? It made me cry. Made me cry," Ciabattoni, said.

The 2-year-old Pomeranian-French poodle mix disappeared from their fenced-in backyard on Saturday and hasn't been seen since.

What makes her absence even more difficult to bear is that Milly is a therapy dog for Linda who was left paralyzed by a stroke eight months ago.

She's lost the ability to speak and can only move her right arm which she used to stroke Milly.

"She loved the little do and she plays so much with her and she just was like a little kid," Ciabattoni said.

Silvio has posted flyers all over town and in neighboring communities, promising a reward for Milly's return, no questions asked.

"I hope somebody decide to bring her back. I really appreciate it with all my heart. I beg them to bring her back," Ciabattoni said.

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