Veteran reunited with stolen service dog after 9 months and 1,400 miles

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Back in November, Marine veteran Alexandra Melnick’s service dog, Kai, was stolen from her home near San Diego, but after more than nine months and traveling 1,400 miles, Melnick was reunited with her four-legged friend in the small town of Aubrey, Texas.

“He was never used for the military, but he does help with PTSD-related aspects for me as a service dog,” Melnick said when Kai was taken.

Melnick had fliers made and scoured the areas near her home searching for her companion, all to no avail, but on August 31 Melnick was given a tip that Kai was in Aubrey, Texas. Denton County Constable D. Boydston and local Animal Control helped to confirm the 1-year-old German Shepherd, who was implanted with a microchip, was in fact Kai and in the Texas town.

Melnick and Kai were reunited after 9 long months, and while the investigation into his disappearance is ongoing, authorities said they have identified a suspect.

[ NBC Connecticut ]