Two Florida women were arrested after a police investigation indicated that they stole a service dog form a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigation started on Oct. 28 when a veteran’s Pomeranian service dog had disappeared without a trace. A 67-year-old Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder reported that his dog disappeared while he was at a local shopping mall.
After the report was filed, officers began looking into the loss of the dog and discovered that something nefarious was afoot.
According to the Associated Press and Fox News:
Surveillance video shows one woman starting an altercation with the victim, while the other comes from behind, unleashes the dog, named Kira, and walks off with her, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Jennifer Gotschall, 53, and Monique Cosser, 51, were identified Wednesday after a tip to police from a “concerned citizen” led them to the pair. Kira was also recovered “in good health,” police say.
Gotschall and Cosser have been charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years’ incarceration. Officials said they are thought to have been released on bond.
Sadly, once police finally broke the case, arrested the two women, and recovered the dog, it was too late to reunite the owner and his Pomeranian.
The dognapping victim, 67-year-old Joseph Hanson, unexpectedly passed away the day before police recovered his beloved dog.
So, while police were successful in recovering the stolen animal, it was too late to benefit the victim.
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