Missouri Family Searching For Missing Service Dog

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 19:54:41-05

A Missouri family is desperately searching for their service dog after he went missing in the Murfreesboro area.

The family had been visiting the area when their dog Ziggy, a 4-year-old Boxer, was spooked by a loud bang.

They had gotten him less than a month ago from California for their 16-year-old son, Ethan, who has Aspergers and suffers from severe panic attacks from time to time. 

The family had been saving for Ziggy for more than a year. Since getting the dog, Ethan has not suffered as many panic attacks. “I’ve had less break downs and he grew on me. He’s not just part of the family, he’s like losing a brother,” said Ethan.  

A few days ago, Ziggy got scared in an area near Allen Avenue and has not been seen since. The family stayed two extra days searching for him but have since returned to Missouri. “If anybody out there is dealing with autism, they know very well how hard that can be. When you find that outlet, and you depend on that outlet and it’s gone…its not an easy thing to deal with," Katrina Duplass said. 

Anyone with information on Ziggy's whereabouts has been asked to please contact the Pet Adoption and Welfare Services in Rutherford County. You can find their information by clicking here.