BURBANK, WA.- A Burbank couple has a reward ready for anyone who can help them find two bulldog puppies they said were recently stolen from their front yard.
The puppies were being trained as service dogs.
"He's devastated, very emotional, he'd do anything to get our puppies back," said Juli Hiebert about her husband Ron Hiebert.
After serving in the Army National Guard for 15 years and doing many tours overseas including Iraq, Ron Hiebert now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In June he and his wife Juli brought 6-week old bulldog Maggie home.
Maggie and Ron clicked immediately.
"So at any time she offers comfort, at times when he has panic attacks she comforts him she senses the needs that he has," said Juli.
Although Maggie was not old enough to start her extensive training that would help Ron in coping with the PTSD, she had the ability to calm him and sense when he was feeling anxious.
Ron was too emotional to comment but said it is a shame that after serving the nation overseas someone could just come and steal such an important part of his life.
The hieberts also lost an important dog for Juli. She has diabetes and Duncan, the second bulldog they took in and Maggie's brother, may have saved her life, even though he is deaf.
"He woke me up and was able to keep pestering me and my sugar levels were extremely low and had he not been here and had he not woke me up, I would have been in a diabetic coma by the time anybody got home," Juli said.
The couple are offering a reward to whoever returns the puppies. Police are still investigating and neighbors said all they saw was a burgundy car pull up the evening the dogs were stolen.