Military veteran Levi Roybal was reunited with his stolen dog earlier this week.
(Fox 31 Denver)
A military veteran radiated pure joy after Monday reunited with his service dog, who mysteriously stolen after tied up outside a Colorado restaurant, Fox 31 Denver reported.
Astro, a Shiba Inu, was taken by his owner, Levi Roybal, on Sunday evening, while the pooch was tied up outside the Hibachi Grill in Aurora, Roybal told the outlet.
The veteran from the Navy, allegedly took the dog six years ago to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. He described Astro as his “life” and “soul”, Fox 31 said.
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“They have no conscience … they don’t care,” Roybal told the outlet. “I don’t understand how people can do this.”
The theft was caught on restaurant surveillance camera, Fox 31 reported, and captured a grainy photo of a person with Astro.
“My head is spinning with anger, sadness — can’t understand why,” Roybal told the outlet.
Roybal adopted Astro to help him deal with PTSD, depression and anxiety, he told the outlet.
(Fox 31 Denver)
But the next day, the restaurant allegedly called Roybal and told him that a man had the dog out.
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Aurora Police told Fox 31 that the person that Astro reportedly thought that the animal was cold outside but the authorities said they are still investigating the incident.
Roybal, who is reportedly not going to report, greeted his furry friend with open arms, and Astro jumped around excitedly.
“I never let him out of my sight now,” Roybal told Fox 31. “He is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. He is the reason why I wake up.”