Woman pleads for return of stolen guide dog

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police are looking for a dognapper.  The stolen dog is a little more special than usual.

Diamond is a guide dog who helps her visually impaired owner navigate. Police say the grandson of the owner let the dog outside to use the restroom. He says he put the dog on a chain outside their North Irwin Street home.

When he went back to get the dog, it was gone.

“All I know is she is my protector and I need her back,” said Sheryl Williams,the Rottweiler’s owner.

It is a plea for help from Williams who has owned the dog since she was a puppy more than six years ago.

“I can’t eat. I can’t sleep,” said Williams. “I open up the door every morning and every night. I yell for her just hoping I can hear a bark or something. I don’t hear anything.”

Williams says her guide dog went missing on President’s Day.

For a week, the family searched their neighborhood. They also brought in another dog to help sniff out the missing Rottweiler.

“He came in and he sniffed all around and he jumped up in the truck,” said Williams. “We canvased this neighborhood from Springfield Street to London Avenue.”

Williams is asking for the community’s help.

Diamond is described as a purebred Rottweiler with a choker collar and tags.

The missing dog is a lost sense of security for the blind woman’s home.

“Please bring her home,” said Williams. “She’s my right arm. She protects me. She protects my daughter. She protects my grandchildren.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Dayton Police Detective Danielle Cash at (937) 333-7472.

Sheryl Williams is also looking for information on her dog and asks to be reached at (937) 237-2069.

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