COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Phenix City family is offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of their daughter's beloved therapy dog.
The family believes the animal was stolen from their yard and says the loss has devastated their daughter who has cerebral palsy.
News leader 9's Elizabeth White got more information from the local family.
"It's just like someone has stolen a child, that's how I feel and that's how she feels," Michalene Parks said.
The Parks family is devastated.
They say Dec. 19 around 3:30 in the afternoon, Lona, their 2 -year -old cream Doberman Pinscher was stolen from their yard in the Forest Hill Drive area of Phenix city.
"Lona isn't just a pet, she's a registered therapy dog for Dalene Parks who has cerebral palsy," Park says.
"Lona is Dalene's emotional support dog, it's how she is registered, when Dalene is depressed or down Lona goes to her and she has a cuddling effect she has a calming effect," she says.
The family says Dalene does not like to go out in public and has a hard time making friends, so the family surrounds Dalene with animals, who are devoted to loving and helping her.
"All my dogs are important. Lona more important, she calms me down and stuff," Dalene Parks says.
Dalene's family says her grief over Lona has impacted her health and they worry it will only get worse until Lona is returned.
Michalene Parks says she has been a lot more depressed since Lona has been gone, the stress has taken its toll.
If you have any information on Lona, you are asked to call the Parks family at 706-681-5822.
The family only wants the safe return of Dalene's therapy dog and will not ask any questions.