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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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3:49PM PST on Mar 5, 2014

this is so sad and utterly senseless. What sort of pondlife would do such a terrrible act? My heart goes out to the family, Allie and of course Toby, just what suffering did he endure before his awful demise?

4:47PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

What a senseless tragedy. Hopefully they'll catch the vermin and throw the book at them as well as shaming them publicly so people know who to protect themselves from.

9:50PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

How awful.

8:45PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

This is OLD news. Was there a petition posted????

7:51AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Poor girl having to loose Toby like that. I hope they get that sick idiot and put him/her away for a long, long time.

8:45PM PST on Feb 6, 2014

No need to add to the comments about this filthy bastard What goes around comes around .It can't come soon enough for him I hope they have got another suitable dog for Allie.She will soon learn to love him

5:05PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

This is beyond vicious...ANY child would have a hard time losing their dog like this, but this is even worse for a special needs child who depended on her dog. I hope they find this horrible excuse for a human being & deal with him/her accordingly. RIP Toby

2:30PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

What a dreadful person it must be to do such a thing! Dogs are so willing to help and to therapy dogs are so wonderful. It makes me feel ill to think about these people and what they do. I an never understand why they do these things

6:11PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Why was the dog outside alone???????????

5:00PM PST on Jan 27, 2014

horrible.

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