JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He served our country and helped fight for freedom, and that's why a small non-profit based in New York that helps pair veterans suffering from PTSD with therapy dogs said it is offering a big reward to help find a missing Jacksonville veteran's dog.
We first told you about Sgt. Kenneth Chambers desperate search to find his dog last Fall, and despite nearly 10 months having passed since she vanished the effort to find her is gaining steam.
"That's my little girl and she belongs with me. Safe and sound at my side. Anything less I will not settle for that," said Chambers.
Not a day goes by that Sgt. Kenneth Chambers doesn't hand out a flyer with a picture of his missing Shepard-Blue Heeler mix named Adalida. Her picture is plastered to the back of his truck.
"She was stolen August 22 at 103rd and Blanding Blvd. at the Sav-a-Lot food store," said Chambers.
He said he left her in the car with the window's rolled down while he ran inside for about five minutes to help his mother bag groceries. When he came back she was gone, along with a piece of his heart.
"I've been told I have PTSD and that's due to my military service and what I seen and saw and did during my deployment to Iraq," said Sgt. Chambers. "Every day I've been here in the States since then has been for lack of a better term, a challenge, but the day that little girl come into my life it made everything alright."
From posting flyers and banners, even billboards with her information, he has traveled across the country trying to find her.
The president of New York based Guardians of Rescue, said the non-profit is now offering a $5,000 reward to help find her and just this week hired a private investigator to work the case with the hopes of bringing Adalida home.
"We are really going to put the pressure on. This is no longer about a crime. It's about somebody who took what Kenny sees as his child. In his mind this is his child and he will never be the same if we don't find his dog," said Robert Misseri.
Sgt. Chambers said he's grateful for all of the support.
"I don't care what it takes. I don't care what I have to do or who I need to get in touch with. she is irreplaceable. That is my little girl," he said.
Sgt. Chambers has a Facebook page dedicated to bringing Adalida home. He says he does not plan to file any charges. He just wants his dog back, no questions asked.
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