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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