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Guide Dog Returned To Owner

Posted at 7:18 PM, Feb 23, 2018

A guide dog was returned after it was stolen from his blind owner in Dickson County.

Murphy is a 90-pound Labrador guide dog that has been helping Barry Maybarry get around for the last four years.

"I had stroke, and I lost all the vision in my right eye, and then I developed glaucoma in my left eye," Mayberry said.

Murphy became Barry's eyes, but on Thursday evening he walked outside to find he wasn't there.

He called for Murphy, but there was no response. Maybarry searched for about 15 minutes, and that's when he realized his guide dog may have been stolen.

Friday was the first morning Barry woke up without his companion.

"This morning I woke up, called his name, looked for him, then I remembered he was gone already," said Maybarry.

Not only was Murphy vital to Maybarry's mobility, he would also be very tough to replace. It's extremely difficult for someone to qualify for a guide dog, but even more difficult for a dog to become certified.

Friday afternoon, Dickson County Sheriff's deputies returned Murphy back to Maybarry. Maybarry believed Murphy was stolen, but it was unclear if anyone will be charged.