PACHECO, Calif. (KTVU) - A desperate search is under way for a therapy dog that escaped from her owner's yard in Pacheco three weeks ago.
Her name is Roxie and her owner tells KTVU she needs medication everyday.
The 5-year-old Boxer is a member of Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's animal therapy program known as the Pet Hug Pack.
As part of the program, Roxie makes visits to veterans hospitals, schools, and assisted living homes for senior citizens, according to her owner James Raab.
“I’m her handler and we go out to places and she makes other people feel good,” Raab said.
Raab said Roxie slipped out of his backyard at 5:00 a.m. on Oct. 1. He suspects she went down Chilpancingo Pkwy in Pleasant Hill and headed in the direction toward the In-N-Out Burger at Contra Costa Blvd.
Roxie was wearing a collar and is chipped, but no one has called and she hasn’t returned.
“I really need this dog back,” he said. “No questions asked. I’m willing to offer a generous reward.”
Raab said Roxie is full of energy, but she needs daily eye drop medicine following a cataract surgery.
While he knows the dog is adorable, Raab said Roxie has a job to do: comfort others.
“I think someone fell in love with her, but please send her home. This is where she belongs. She’s the most important thing to me.”
Anyone with information can contact Raab at 925-586-0724.