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Alert issued for stolen PTSD service dog

Police searching for stolen PTSD service dog

Columbus police said they need the community's help locating Whiz, a post-traumatic stress disorder service dog that was stolen from a Winifred home on Sept. 7.
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Columbus police said they need the community's help locating Whiz, a post-traumatic stress disorder service dog that was stolen from a Winifred home on Sept. 7.

The Columbus Police Department has issued an alert this morning for the missing post-traumatic stress disorder service dog named Whiz that was stolen Sept. 7 from a Winifred Lane home.

Authorities described Whiz as a $4,500 brindle pit bull that’s between 105 and 110 pounds with stripes on top of the body. It has a white stripe down the middle of his face with white paws.

According to the owner, the dog is friendly and will come up to anyone if you call the dog by name. It’s possible that it’s in possession of someone who doesn’t know that it’s a PTSD service dog, according to police.

Officials said they obtained a surveillance video that shows Jimmy Lee Gonzales, 39, and Kimberly Jordan, 24, leaving the Winifred Lane home with Whiz. Left behind at the home were his two children, ages 6 and 10, for several hours.

The couple was arrested and charged with one count each of felony theft by taking, misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement and two counts of cruelty to children. They were booked into the Muscogee County Jail and were later freed on bond.

Anyone with information concerning the dog, please contact the Columbus Police Department at 706-653-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 706-653-3188.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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