Stolen Service Dog Found Safe, Returned to Army Vet

DOWNEY (CNS) - A service dog that was inside an Army veteran's car when it was stolen over the weekend in Downey was found safe in Anaheim today and reunited with its owner.

``Marcee is home!!!!!!'' veteran Apolonio E. Munoz III announced on his Facebook page early Tuesday afternoon. ``I got a call not too long ago from Downey PD that she was found by someone in Anaheim, that she was seen in a local park. They asked me to come by the station and see if this was Marcee. I get there and ... she was excited to see me.

``She's now home safe in her bed, won't leave my side and the roommate's dog is snuggled up with her giving her lots of attention and kisses.''

Munoz, 34, said earlier his red Honda Civic was stolen Saturday night from an Arco gas station in the 10800 block of Lakewood Boulevard, and Marcee --  a 10-year-old pit bull mix -- was inside. Marcee was in training to be a service dog helping Munoz cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Munoz served in the Iraq war.

Munoz thanked everyone who contributed to Marcee's recovery. He said his car is still missing.

``Now that she's home, life can start to normalize and hopefully soon my car will also be found,'' he wrote.

Munoz said his cell phone was also in the car -- a red 2012 Honda Civic with California plate 7DAE374.

Anyone with information in the case was urged to call Downey police at (562)861-0771.

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