Dog helping North Carolina veteran with PTSD scared off by fireworks

David Dowell and his dog Milka (images courtesy WSOC-TV)

A Navy veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder is searching for his service dog after she ran off during a 4th of July fireworks display.

David Dowell told WSOC-TV his dog Milka became terrified during the event in Dallas - north of Gastonia and west of Charlotte - and wriggled free of her leash.


"The first big firework went off and that was it," Dowell said.

Dowell says Milka has saved him from a life of worry caused by PTSD, but now he's very worried about her.

Police in Dallas are searching for the dog and Dowell is doing searches of his own in hopes of finding her.

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