Missing Autism Service Dog Found Dead

Toby. Courtesy: WCSC

We have some sad news to share, following up on a previous story we wrote about last week.  According to WCSC in South Carolina, Toby, the autism service dog who had been taken from a family’s front yard, has turned up dead in the same location.

Kelly Nolan, the mother of the child who the dog assisted, reported that Toby was found warm and lying dead in the front yard Sunday evening with blood coming out of his mouth.  He was an American Bull Terrier and taken from the family’s home in Moncks Corner, a small town north of Charleston, South Carolina. The dog appeared to have blunt force trauma to its head.

Allie, the child who the dog belonged to, had very limited communication skills and relied heavily on the dog for companionship and often provided a "voice" for her when she was upset or in danger. She was reported to be very distressed when the dog was initially taken and this latest development is absolutely heartbreaking.

Police say a white female with blonde hair driving a black Dodge Charger took the dog from the family’s yard on Tuesday. A motive has not been announced.

Although the family has reported that they do not want another dog because of the "heartache", I would still love to see the autism community rally behind this family and help them out.  

If anyone has information or leads about this incident, please contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at 843-719-4234.

5 Responses to Missing Autism Service Dog Found Dead

  1. catherine says:

    i can’t believe that someone would do that. my son is non-verbal autistic and could really benefit from a service dog. but we can’t affored the pet fee at the apts that we live in. my son is 5 yrs old. i feel for this family ad their poor child!

  2. V says:

    Your apartment complex should waive the pet fee for a service dog. I believe that is the law.

  3. T. says:

    This is just disgusting! What kind of monster would do something like that?! I feel for the family and especially the little girl! I hope she’ll find a way to cope with that loss.

  4. Bradysdad says:

    Anyone who would leave an autistic child alone with a bull terrier needs their head examined!

  5. NML says:

    @Bradysdad – that is such an ignorant thing to say. A dog behaves by the way it is raised, not by it’s breed alone. So many dogs have bad reputations because of thoughts like the one you just said. You should know that you are more likely to get bit by a chihuahua than a pit or bull terrier. If you raise a dog to be aggressive, it will be aggressive, but if you raise a dog to be kind and gentle, you better believe they will be!

    Obviously this family would not bring a dog into the house if they felt it was a threat to their child. This dog was a loyal companion to the little girl and made her feel comfortable and now because of some heartless idiot, this little girl has lost this very important friend. The person responsible for killing the dog, no THAT’S the person that needs their head examined, not this family!

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