Service Dog Returned to Owner

By Tony Shin
|  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:12 AM PDT
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A college student who thought her therapy dog was stolen and launched a public campaign to get the dog back has been reunited with the animal.

A college student who thought her therapy dog was stolen and launched a public campaign to get the dog back has been reunited with the animal.

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Missing Service Dog May Have Been Stolen

The dog was last reported seen on Interstate 5.
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A San Diego college student who thought her therapy dog was stolen and launched a public campaign to get the dog back has been reunited with the animal. 

Whitney Engler and her Australian Shepherd named Rosie were back together again, ten days after Rosie was last seen near Del Mar Heights Road and Interstate 5 on April 16.

Engler was sitting outside a Del Mar Laundromat with Rosie when a man walked up and startled the dog.

"She just bolted away from him into the darkness, behind the buildings with her leash on and everything," said Engler.

Engler and her boyfriend searched the area for days, put up missing dog flyers all over Del Mar and Solana Beach and launched a Facebook page asking for help.

About a week after Rosie went missing, Engler received a call from a woman who saw Rosie running along the highway and jumping into a car.

That led Engler to believe the animal had been stolen.

While she was busy raising reward money, Engler got a tip saying the dog ran into a canyon. While searching the area Tuesday evening, Engler found her friend - her leash wrapped up on a tree.

Rosie was tired and hungry, but overall is in good health.

Engler says she is taking the dog to a vet and getting her micro-chipped.
 

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