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Service dog goes missing weeks after foster mom is diagnosed with MS

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UPDATE: the reward for Latham is increased to $10,000.

There is also a Facebook page dedicated to helping find Latham.

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A service dog in training goes missing from one Eastern Iowa town, now an anonymous outside donor is offering a $5000 reward for it's safe return.

A black lab named Latham is part of the Retrieving Freedom program here in Eastern Iowa.

Retrieving Freedom trains service dogs for veterans and children with autism.

Latham went missing from Parkersburg at his foster family's farm on Sunday.

Latham's foster mom says Latham is such a well-behaved dog, he was set to be the organization's stud dog -- one used to breed other service dogs.

He went missing from her home Sunday morning, and now she desperately wants him back.

"I've had Latham since he was about seven weeks old," said Jenna Kyhl, his foster mom.

Kyhl says she left Latham with her other two dogs outside for a few minutes, and when she came back, he was gone.

She's devastated.

"He's very attentive, if I'm having a bad day, he instantly knows something is wrong," said Kyhl.

Jenna has had a lot of bad days lately.

She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease in which eventually causes nerves in the body to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

"Retrieving Freedom means a lot to me," said Kyhl. "And I've been told a million times by them, if anything happens, it's not my fault. But I feel like it's my responsibility, I feel really guilty."

Latham spent many days with Jenna in the hospital comforting her.

And although he hasn't been trained to help with MS, it was decided Latham would be her permanent companion dog.

"It would be this huge ability for Jenna to relax," said Scott Dewey, founder of Retrieving Freedom in Iowa.

Dewey says this ordeal is not Jenna's fault, and he just wants to focus on finding Latham and bringing him home.

"And for Jenna to relax, you know, and understand he's OK, not living forever wondering what happened to him. That's the part that scares me," said Dewey.

Kyhl says Latham is extremely friendly and approachable, so don't be afraid to catch him.

If you think you've seen Latham, please call Jenna Kyhl at (319) 493-2046, or Scott Dewey, (319) 505-5949

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