Community members as well as rescue organizations are helping a New Britain family find its missing dog.
The dog, named Jackie, disappeared from Gonzalez’s Prospect Street home during the afternoon of May 26.
“We don't know what happened if he wandered off under our fence or if someone took him,” New Britain resident Luz Gonzalez said. "We don't know."
Jackie helps Gonzalez’s daughter 11-year-old Julyssa Garcia, who battles several ailments including epilepsy.
“She has a seizure disorder and PTSD (after) she was exposed to trauma as a child,” Gonzalez said. “He gives her a sense of security and she really needs him.”
His disappearance left Garcia in shambles.
“He is everything,” Garcia said. “He is so important to me.”
Garcia was crying so severely that she was sent home from school last Friday. She was also prescribed sedatives by her doctor, who feared a seizure was possible for the young girl.
Jackie is not a trained therapy dog, but the family called him an emotional therapy dog. The family also said the dog provides Julyssa with comfort.
“He does calm her down and her seizures are triggered by anxiety,” Gonzalez said.
The family said they've gone door-to-door in their neighborhood to try to find Jackie. They also tried to get a dog rescue involved to aid the effort.
They also brought in Dog Gone Recovery, a group that has searched for Jackie as well as used social media to help with finding him.
The family is asking anyone who may have seen Jackie between last Thursday and now to email them at Luz75@yahoo.com.
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