NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Former Naval Investigation Service member Thom Lee has lost his baby girl. No it's not an actual baby, it's the name of his therapy dog that just recently ran away and that he's desperately trying to get back.
"I got her several months back from the Marshall Shelter. She was a dog that they were going to euthanize and so I rescued her." Lee said.
Lee suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and is really looking to get his best friend back.
"As a PTSD veteran people don't realize how a dog can make everything so right for a PTSD Vet. It's your companion, it's your friend." Lee said.
Baby Girl the nearly two year old Australian Shepherd was last seen at the Walmart Supercenter on North Street in Nacogdoches.
"She got off the leash on a bathroom break while we were passing through Nacogdoches." Lee said.
Lee started reaching out to the local shelter in Nacogdoches along with the community handing out fliers and even has a Facebook page called Bring Baby Girl Home.
"I'm so grateful to the people of this area. I've probably had over two dozen people with eyes on the ground looking for this dog." Lee said.
A couple things to note are that on the flyers the picture shows that she is wearing an orange collar, but the one that she actually has on is brown and she is also extremely skittish.
"They tried to corner her in the garden center at Walmart here a couple days ago. She was scared and she ran and she was barking at everybody because she's scared, she's hungry and she wants to go home." Lee said.
Baby Girl is also micro chipped and Lee is holding out hope that the community will be able to reunite them.
"It could destress me in a minute flat. You know my PTSD is running ramped in my life right now because I'm scared, because she's scared, she's out there, she's lonely, and she's tired. She's looking for me and I'm looking for her." Lee said.
If you see Baby Girl you can contact Lee at 682-559-6940 or you can contact the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter at 936-560-5011.