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Pet Owners’ Desperate Search for Missing Service Dog Expands

‘Smurf’ is a rescue Yorkie, named after the _ctional cartoon character because of its size, weighing only about three pounds and its left eye missing, surgically removed last year due to an aneurism. Saturday, January 13th, he went missing from his owner’s yard at 919 S. Arch St. in Aransas Pass. ‘Smurf’ is a trained service animal and will detect when 64-year-old Debbie Greenlee’s blood sugar gets too high, a potential life-threatening condition for the Type 2 diabetic. (Courtesy: Debbie Greenlee)

Pet Owners’ Desperate Search for Missing Service Dog Expands
Pet Owners’ Desperate Search for Missing Service Dog Expands

A RING camera system monitors both the front and back of the household that can be viewed on a smartphone App. Greenlee acknowledged a technical issue with one of the cameras may explain a gap where a recording doesn’t exist of the exact time line of the dog’s disappearance. (Courtesy: Debbie Greenlee)

Pet Owners’ Desperate Search for Missing Service Dog Expands

Greenlee (right) and sister Stephany Launder, 60 (left), moved to Aransas Pass from Seguin, near San Antonio, in August. They believe someone intentionally opened a side gate to their fenced front yard and may have taken the pet, but why and who remains a mystery. Several rewards are being offered for his return, no questions asked. (Aransas Pass Progress)

Pet Owners’ Desperate Search for Missing Service Dog Expands

Family pets go missing every day. Follow social media platforms like Facebook and you will see reports about dogs, cats, sometimes even birds that go astray. The reasons why vary. But for an Aransas Pass family, the loss of their rescue dog, ‘Smurf’ – a three-pound Yorkie – is proving even more devastating and heartwrenching than most. Besides the fact he Is one eyed, the left one removed last year to an aneurism, ‘Smurf’ is also a trained service dog. When owner Debbie Greenlee’s blood sugar gets too high, her beloved pet can warn her before the potential life-threatening condition gets worse. Greenlee is a Type 2 diabetic and takes prescription medication to manage it.

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