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Autistic Girl’s Service Dog Stolen, Found Dead In Yard

Autistic Girl’s Service Dog Stolen, Found Dead In Yard

Last week, Toby, an American bull terrier who was specially trained as a therapy dog for 9-year-old Allie Nolan, who is autistic, was stolen from the family’s front yard in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Today has brought terrible news: Live5News reports that Toby was found dead in Allie’s front on Sunday night.

Blood was seen coming from Toby’s mouth but it is not clear how the more than beloved dog died.

Allie’s mother, Kelly Nolan, says that witnesses told her that they saw someone snatch Toby from the the family’s’ front yard last Wednesday.

Toby, as Nolan said, helped to keep her daughter safe and was attuned to her crying and emotions and to when something was bothering her. Nolan even called Toby her daughter’s “voice when she’s upset or in danger” and said that Toby being missing was like having one of her own children gone.

I was troubled to hear about Toby being stolen and speechless to learn of him being left dead in the Nolans’ front yard. The cruelty inflicted on Toby, on Allie and on her family is beyond measure: What will Allie do without her “voice”? What might Toby have suffered after years of being an essential part of a family and of one child’s life?

 

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5:23AM PST on Feb 21, 2015

I'm wondering if they stole him for the fighting circuit, then killed him when they realized he was 'useless'.

Some people have no conscience.

2:56AM PST on Feb 18, 2015

How awful I'm so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to this little girl and her family. I hope justice is given to this pos that has killed this dog.

8:17AM PST on Feb 17, 2015

Marion F: Definitely, but if you can't use the photo of the actual dog, at least choose one of the right breed. A Bull Terrier is very different from an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Pitbull.

2:04PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

horrible

2:02PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

Oh, sometimes people don´t want their pics or videos to be published, maybe that´s the reason...

2:01PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

Valentina R., agreed, the dog on the photo´s a Staff or a Pitbull, but maybe that dog ain´t Toby?! Yesterday there´s been an article about a two-legged Chihuahua who found his forever hom, but the video showed a tripod Chihuahua....

1:58PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

Oh nooooo, I hope they´ll find and prosecute Toby´s killers, even if that won´t help Allie and her family, but at least they´d get belated justice!!! Prayers sent to the family, and may poor Toby R. I. P., it´s a weak comfort to know no one can hurt the dog anymore now...

9:33AM PST on Feb 15, 2015

tyfs

9:33AM PST on Feb 15, 2015

ty

9:32AM PST on Feb 15, 2015

So felony wrong.

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