WASILLA, Alaska—A generous Channel 2 viewer has now increased the reward for information leading to the return of a missing Wasilla service dog to $3,000.
Ruth Sisk, who runs an urgent care center for people in Anchorage, was so moved by the plight of an 8-year-old boy with autism-like symptoms that she decided to help in the case.
After seeing the story of 8-year-old Wyatt Reinhart, who was heartbroken after his English Bulldog "Abby" disappeared last week, Sisk decided to act.
She immediately called the Reinhart family and told them to increase the reward for Abby from $500 to $3,000. Sisk promised to provide the extra $2,500.
The sum is significant because specially-trained English bulldogs cost thousands of dollars. And the Reinhart family cannot afford to buy young Wyatt another Service Dog. They had saved for years to get Abby.
In the brief time little Wyatt had the dog, the youngster calmed down. He could face crowds at supermarkets and at other public places. In addition, Abby got Wyatt to talk and to socialize much more with his family.
Now that Abby has been lost, the family is afraid that heartbroken Wyatt will regress.
Abby suddenly disappeared on Wednesday, May 23rd from in front of the Reinhart home on Twilight Drive.
Wyatt and his 2 brothers, Wade (11) and William (7) are certain the animal would not have wandered off.
The boys' big sister, Jamie Holloway, agrees. She says Abby was specifically trained not to abandon Wyatt.
That's led to suspicions that the animal was stolen.
A tan Ford Bronco was seen near the home at the time the dog disappeared. But it's not clear if the vehicle is connected with Abby suddenly going lost.
What is clear is that Wyatt needs his service dog.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Reinhart home at 907-373-7471.
The reward for the safe return of the dog is now $3000.
Four siblings and their mom are hoping that Sisk's generosity will make a difference.