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Stolen service dog found in Conrad

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A stolen service dog is found safe in Conrad Wednesday afternoon.

Bianca was taken by a person Monday, and she was found by a United Parcel Service driver Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say if a service dog is not found within 48 hours after reported stolen, they will likely never be reunited with their owners.

That's why the Conrad community is happy Bianca is back home.

Every morning at Rita Stewart's home in Conrad begins with the sound of a little kibble and pattering paws of a few service dogs.

But that changed earlier in the week when Rita Stewart came home to find Bianca gone.

"I didn't know where she was. She had never been out in the snow. It was a cold blistery night. I didn't sleep, Every time the wind would blow, I would just hope she was tucked in somewhere," Stewart said.

Rita says whoever took Bianca, walked up to her home, opened her unlocked door, and then walked in uninvited. She says they could have taken anything else, but Bianca is irreplaceable.

"To see her not be there, it was awful," Stewart said.

Rita also works at the nearby elementary school, and she says dogs like Hawkeye and Bianca help students.

"It's a wonderful resource. Not just the language skills too, but in the large group situations as well, I know the dog helps keep him calm as well," Special Education Teacher, Sherry Petty said.

According to Rita, Bianca has a thyroid condition and needs daily medication.

When she was found, the slightly overweight Golden Retriever seemed to be shaken, but was all right.

At last word, she was being checked out by her veterinarian.

According to trainers, Bianca is the third service dog in the area to be taken.

A $10,000 reward remains in place for Latham the Lab.


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