Dog belonging to Purple Heart veteran missing

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 8:40 PM

(WHAS11) -- A Purple Heart awarded Army vet is missing his service dog. Jeremiah Mullins, 22, was injured in Afghanistan in March 2011 from an IED and then five weeks later he was hit by a mortar.

“I was blown up twice. When I got back I started dealing with PTSD, and I have a traumatic brain injury,” Mullins said. Mullins relies on his 3-year-old dog named Blue to help him with daily activities.

Blue, a Blue Doberman, went missing last Wednesday.

“It’s the only thing that’s helped me since I got back from Afghanistan,” Mullins said.

According to Mullins, he took Blue out and left him tethered on his leash, but when he returned Blue was gone and he could see drag leading off into a wooded area near his apartment complex.

According to Mullins, Blue is trained to be off a leash and has never attempted to run away.

Mullins suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the two attacks. He has chronic leg and back pain, and his memory and vision were also damaged.

“If I am having a nightmare he’ll wake me up and comfort me,” Mullins said.

Hundreds of flyers have been distributed in the Radcliff community in search of the service dog.

Mullins has also searched animal shelters across the state but has not been able to find his dog.
Mullins has even stayed behind in Radcliff, Ky., hoping Blue will return while his wife, an army medic, moved to Maryland where she is now stationed.

“It’s been really hard. Especially, since my wife and daughter have moved, and I don’t have anything else left.”

The Mullins family is offering a $100 reward for Blue’s return.

There is $100 reward for the dog. If you find Blue contact hillary.mullins0622@gmail.com.
 

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