UPDATE: Hartselle couple now offering reward, desperate to find disabled veteran’s service dog

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There have been sightings, but sadly, no reunion yet for Angel and her owners in Hartselle.

Angel belongs to a disabled veteran, Senior Airman (ret.) Kenneth Blagburn and his wife Vickie.  She went missing from their home on Chickasaw Lane last week.

"When I met her, I fell in love with her," Blagburn said. "I love her, and I want her back."

For Blagburn, the cream-colored Labrador-Basset Hound mix is more than a dog, she is an angel.

"She's my baby and I love her," Blagburn said.

Blagburn knows hurt. He served in the U.S. Air Force from June 1989 to March 1996. In January 1991, he was deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Wounds that he said Angel seemed to heal.

"We got her because my VA therapist thought it would be good for me to get an emotional support dog," Blagburn said.

Now, Blagburn's battle-buddy is missing in action.

"It's been exhausting, both mentally and physically because you get up thinking this is the day we may find her and we don't," Blagburn said.

The couple said reality has been a nightmare since Angel escaped through a crack in their garage door on June 14.

"She is the reason for him to get up in the mornings, she keeps him calm," Blagburn's wife, Vickie, said. "He is like a different person when she's around. Now that she's gone, all he does is stay in his room. He hasn't had anything to eat since Tuesday. He has went back to how he was before we got her and we just really need her home."

Despite long searches, posters posted in local places, and help from their neighbors, they need reinforcements.  Angel looks just like a yellow/cream-colored lab but has short legs.

"If someone is willing to help us organize a search party to where we can fan out, to where everything is combed at one time versus us repeating those areas," Blagburn explained. "Because, if she's moving, then it's defeating the purpose."

If you would like to help the Blagburns find Angel or if you have any information, please call them at home at (256) 502-9083, Vickie's cell at (256) 612-2930 or Kenneth's cell at (256) 612-8863.

"We are never without our phones during the day," Blagburn said. "Even when we go to bed at night, the phone and the cell phones are right there with us."

UPDATE:  We spoke with Vickie Blagburn on Friday, June 24.  She said they have received several calls about Angel, but nothing has materialized.  Some possible sightings were near Crestline Elementary School and the nearby Kroger.  Others have been from area neighborhoods.  The Blagburns are desperate to find her and are offering a reward.  Please call the numbers above if you have any information about Angel.

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