Man Searches for Life-Saving Service Dog and Best Friend, Taken During Residential Burglary
UPDATE: 3:34 P.M. – Good news to report… Just minutes after posting the our story, Michael Miranda contacted RNRF to let us know that Cooper had been located and is now back at home, safe and sound.
SPRING HILL – A man’s best friend and registered service dog disappeared Sunday, after the owner says burglars broke into his home on Curry Drive.
Michael Miranda tells RNRF that his dog “Cooper” was taken sometime last night from his home at 12338 Curry Drive and that the Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation.
Miranda says he suffers from onset seizures that could occur at any time and that Cooper has saved his life by notifying family members before the seizures take place. Miranda says his seizures are so severe that he has died at least five times and has suffered from collapsed lungs and kidney failure. But Miranda says Cooper is much more than just a service dog.Miranda rescued Cooper after he was the only surviving puppy of six that were pulled from a dumpster. Since that day, Miranda and Cooper have been inseparable. “He’s my child – he’s the only one I’ve ever trusted and he’s the only one who’s ever been there for me,” says Miranda.
The Sheriff’s Office could not comment on the case, due to the open investigation.
Miranda asks anyone with information on Cooper’s whereabouts to contact the Sheriff’s Office or call 352-610-3104.
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