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Service dog missing near Algonquin Parkway

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A service dog named Mandy has been missing near Algonquin Parkway since Christmas Eve.

The owner, Alberto Santiago, says he was going into a friend's house off Algonquin Parkway near I-264 on Christmas Eve when a large truck came by and scared the dog. He says she was outside going to the bathroom.

“A truck came by the highway and made a big giant boom sound. She just took off,” Alberto Santiago told WDRB News.

Santiago searched all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the small, six-pound Fox Terrier.

“She has a white patch on her chest, big old fox ears, beautiful fox nose, eyes, she has a curly tail,” said Santiago.

Santiago and Mandy have been together for nine months. His heart stopped in March and was in a coma for three months. When he woke up the dog was sitting next to his shoulder. His doctors told him she was his new partner because of his heart disease.

“We bonded from day one,” Santiago recalled.

Not only does Mandy help with small everyday tasks like getting his slippers, but she's also trained to save his life.

“She stays right here, detects if I'm ever going through a seizure or if something's going on with my heart,” said Santiago.

He says there's a small 10 to 15 minute window for him to get to a phone and call for help.

“If I'm sleeping that's when she starts to bark. If I'm up she'll nudge. She starts nudging here, then she'll start nudging at my heart,” said Santiago.

It's said a dog is man's best friend.

“She's become my best friend, my joy, my life,” said Santiago.

But finding Mandy could be a matter of life and death. Santiago says he can't imagine life without her.

“Without her I don't know. I'm not gonna sit here and say that I would be perfectly fine because she's that close to me. I don't want to think that. That's just not an option for me without her, it's just not,” said Santiago.

So for now, he can only wait and have faith.

“Praying that somebody, I know somebody has her. Praying that maybe they're gonna give her back if they know that she's more than just a regular dog but she's also a service dog and I need her,” said Santiago.

Louisville Metro Police have assisted in searching for the animal because it is a service dog, if you have any information you can call LMPD or Metro Animal Services. You can also call the number on the dog's collar.

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