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Service Dog Missing After Car Is Stolen, Owners Overjoyed When He Finally Returns Safe

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Sometimes horrible things happen for no understandable reason. As many random acts of kindness as we see, there are dozens of occurrences of unkindness to go right along with them.

When you’re traveling for vacation or a big move, the last thing you expect is for something bad to happen.

But, sadly, people get in car accidents, or vehicles get stolen. This exactly what happened to Lana Whitner and her family.

She and her husband ,Tim, along with their daughter, had been traveling from Illinois to Florida. Lana and Tim were driving separate vehicles.

They were making a big move across many states and much of what they owned was traveling with them inside the two vehicles.

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When the Whitners decided to take a break, they pulled into a rest area in Indianapolis. It was then that things went horribly wrong.

The moment Lana left her SUV to talk with Tim, her vehicle was overtaken by 3 suspects. They fled the scene before Lana even knew what hit her.

But the fact that their laptops, cash, and daughter’s cell phone were still in the SUV were the least of this family’s concerns.

Something much more precious had been stolen — Lana’s service dog, Wrigley, was still inside the vehicle.

Lana is a Marine Corps vet who suffers from seizures and headaches, and Wrigley is trained to recognize these things.

“He’s my lifeline right now,” she shared. It is thanks to Officer Justin Lawrence of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department that Lana’s lifeline was found within 24 hours.

Lawrence is an ex-marine himself. He understood how important a marine’s service dog is, and jumped into action to involve the community.

While the vehicle was soon found and two suspects were apprehended, Wrigley was still nowhere in sight. The family felt hopeless.

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But then social media got involved. A viral tweet posted by IMPD received a huge response. Everyone wanted to help find Wrigley.

The Whitners didn’t have to wait long for good news, either. Watch their sweet reunion with their sweet service dog.

They were only apart little more than a day, but it’s clear this dog missed his owners very much. And there’s no doubt they missed him too.

Way to go, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department! You have made one family and their pup very happy indeed.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
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Entertainment, Faith




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