Andrea Taylor, age 5, is legally blind, with cerebral palsy. She’s one of five children in her Kansas household, and sometimes her parents couldn’t hear when she needed help.
But her service dog, Millie, could. The black-and-white lab mix always seemed to be there when the little girl need a hand. Millie would sometimes get the attention of her parents by barking or pacing back and forth. And Andrea and Taylor were best pals.
“She wasn’t ever going to be a normal child,” Lana Taylor, Andrea’s mom, told FoxKC. “When Millie come along she was able to have a little more independence. Outside, she was able to run with her siblings.”
But those days are over for now. Millie is gone, abducted in front of the children. A white, four-door car recently pulled up in front of their Hutchinson, Kansas, house, and Millie ran up to it. FoxKC reports that even though they called out for the dog, she jumped in the car. She hasn’t been seen since.
“It just happened in an instant,” Taylor said. “They were all in a panic. They know how important this was to Andrea.”
And now Andrea spends her nights crying for her dog, and her days staring out her window, hoping Millie will come home.
As we said, sad, sad, sad. (You can see a TV news piece about this here. The embed code didn’t work, thus the video’s absence from this page.) The family has been offered another dog, but no one can take Millie’s place. We hope that if this story gets out, someone will come forth with the whereabouts of the dog. There’s a small cash reward for her return.
Who would do such a thing? The TV news report said that the person or people in the car called the dog’s name, which is different from what the corresponding article stated. What could be going on here? Did they know her before? Did someone just want to hurt this family? I’ll try to keep you posted.