Susan LeDuc still hopes a dog that went missing in Kekaha a few weeks ago is found and returned to its owner.
But she is worried time is running out.
“We need to get her that dog,” LeDuc said.
LeDuc, who lives in Bountiful, Utah, is speaking of her granddaughter, 16, who was visiting her father when her therapy dog, a 50-pound Newfoundland was reported missing. LeDuc is not sure how the dog got free from the home or could offer more details of when it was last seen, but she does know what it means much to her granddaughter.
She bought it for the teen six months ago to help her deal with some personal challenges. The dog, fluffy and friendly, has become a trusted companion for the girl, who suffers from seizures and panic attacks, LeDuc said.
She remembers when they went to pick it up, her granddaughter quickly settled on the one that bounded up to her.
“I didn’t choose this dog, she chose me,” the girl said.
“It has been her emotional support dog,” LeDuc said. “She is pretty attached to this dog. She’s been through some tough times.”
LeDuc said she has called the Kauai Humane Society and the Kauai police, but there have been no reports or sightings of the dog.
“It’s a very sweet and friendly dog,” she said.
Her granddaughter has since returned home to Chandler, Arizona.
“She’s really have a very difficult time not having her dog,” LeDuc said.
LeDuc is offering $200 reward and will pay to have the dog shipped to its owner. She encourages anyone who finds it to call her, (801) 455-6021, or take the dog to the humane society.
LeDuc said there are time constraints to consider, as well. The Newfoundland will have a difficult time dealing with Kauai’s heat as summer heat settles in, and as it grows and gains weight, hurdles arise to ship the dog home.
She said getting the dog back is a long shot, but she won’t give up.
“I can’t just do nothing,” she said.