Man Continues to Search for Missing Service Dog
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Josh Merrell and his girlfriend, Bayley Wilson, have spent the last couple of days combing through the woods in Farmington, laying out food and blankets from home, talking to neighbors and putting up posters, all to try and find Merrell's lost dog Raven.
"My heart would drop every time someone would call me," said Merrell.
Merrell was in a car crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Routes 96 and 332. He says he was trapped in the car. Raven, who was with him, got scared and ran away.
"When they tried to get her out of the car, she slipped out of her collar because she was frightened and ended up running down 332."
Merrell is an Army veteran, who was medically discharged after being diagnosed with PTSD. He's been training Raven to be a service dog.
"I don't do well in large groups of people that are real close. I don't like being confined," explained Merrell. "She'll let me know someone's coming."
Wilson called the dog a miracle worker. "He is so much calmer. She's there for him when he needs her. "
Since Raven's story got out, dozens people have called reporting that they've seen the dog near the crash site. That's where Merrell and Wilson have been searching for her bringing their other dog Echo to help.
Raven was taken in by a shelter in Tennessee and brought up here to NY through a rescue group. That's where Merrell adopted her. He believes the two have rescued each other.
"I think she watches my back because she knows I'm watching hers."
Raven has an implanted microchip that will trace her back to her address in Rochester.
She is a three-year-old black Lab and weighs about 60 pounds.
Anyone with information can contact Josh Merrell at 831-6039 or Bayley Wilson at 645-2320.