Ruskin neighborhood comes together to find stranger's missing service dog

11:00 PM, Jul 29, 2012   |    comments
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RUSKIN, Florida - A number of people in a Ruskin community are relieved tonight after a service dog, who went missing all day, was found safe and sound.

Tony and Liza Griffin are visiting from Georgia and rented a condo at the Point Townhomes at Little Harbor. The couple said while they were out to breakfast Sunday morning, a woman with the maid service company left the front door open and the dog -- a Yorkie named Louie -- ran out and took off.

Louie is Liza's service dog, and helps her with medical alerts and emotional support. She said the dog helped get her back into the world after going through some tough things. She trained the dog herself and has had it for a year and a half.

The Griffins were very worried because Louie is not familiar with the area and is an indoor dog. At one point, they were offering $5,000 for his safe return.

The couple said 35-40 people who live in the community helped them search for Louie throughout the day. He was found just before dark hiding in some mangroves near the water.

The Griffins said they are thankful for all the help they got from strangers.

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