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Women Claims Her Service Dog Was Stolen

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A Fergus Falls woman is heartbroken after she says her service dog was stolen. Heather Pirtle's two year-old boxer-rottweiler mix "Kilo" was staying with a friend, she says it was sold without her permission three weeks ago. Heather is speaking out in hopes that someone in the valley will come forward and bring Kilo back to her.

38-year old Heather Pirtle has been living with short term memory loss and a traumatic brain injury for the past five years after a car accident.

"He is like a support system for me for like my mental health," says Pirtle.  

In addition to being a support system, service dog Kilo helps remind Heather to take her medicine and helps with her mobility. Pirtle's health was steadily improving until 3 weeks ago.
Pirtle need Kilo watched for one night.

"It was a friend of a friend and they told us they would give the dog back," says personal care assistant  Kris Nichols.

The next day, when Nichols went to pick Kilo up for Pirtle the dog was nowhere to be found.

"The cops told me because I allowed him to baby sit him it's a civil matter."

Just a week ago, Pirtle and Nichols found out that Kilo may have been sold on Craigslist to someone in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Pirtle says It cost about $4,000 to raise and train Kilo as a service dog, but he's more than just a house pet or family member...he is her medicine.

"He is a medication that doesn't harm my body," says Pirtle.

Pirtle and Nichols just want to see kilo returned so Pirtle's health can improve.

"If you know where he is at and we can get him back we will give however much in our bank accounts...i don't care if it breaks me for a year."

Fergus Fall police tell Valley News Live criminal charges can't be filed because the dog wasn't technically stolen.  Also since pets are considered property... this now becomes a civil matter.
Pirtle  hasn't been able to get ahold of the person who allegedly sold her dog, we also tried calling but got no response.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kilo you can email Kris Nichols at EmeraldJades81@gmail.com.

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