Service dog stolen in Goldsboro; reward offered


Anna Mae isn't your typical service dog. She's actually a therapy dog bought specifically to help Artis with depression and anxiety.

"It's like when I'm upset or sad or I get antsy really, really quick she just tones me down," said Artis. "She knows how to lay on me the right way."

Artis says her Pomeranian does wonders to help soothe her. But when the dog disappeared from her back porch earlier this week she became frantic.

Artis said although this happened on Monday, she has spent every day since canvassing her neighborhood going door to door asking her neighbors if anyone has seen her missing dog.

Artis learned two neighborhood boys -- ages 9 and 5 -- had initially taken her pet. However, those kids claimed they tied the dog up outside their home, and either the dog got loose or was stolen by someone else. Meanwhile, the loss of her beloved pet is taking its toll on the Goldsboro woman.

"I lay in the house a lot," she said. "I don't do much. I just lay on the chair."

Artis filed a police report, and Goldsboro police are investigating the theft. However, Artis said she isn't worried about pressing charges. She'll take her dog back no questions asked.

"I want my dog. I don't want money," she said. "I don't have anything to give anybody for a reward. I just want her back."

Anna Mae has a black collar with a heart-shaped tag on it.

Two people have come forward to offer a $500 reward for the safe return of Artis' dog.

Anyone with information is asked to call Goldsboro Police at (919) 580-4203 or Crimestoppers at (919) 735-2255.

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