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Reward offered for Northampton County veteran's missing therapy dog

Veteran's therapy dog goes missing

UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TWP., Pa. - A reward is being offered in the frantic search for a Northampton County veteran's missing therapy dog.

Organizers of the search are making a plea to community members for help in locating Casper, a therapy dog who has truly has become man's best friend for Vietnam veteran John Wilkofsky of Upper Mount Bethel Township,

"He is kind of my PTSD dog. I take him everywhere I go," said Wilkofsky.

He was named for Wilkofsky's helicopter platoon, which gave him the red lab three years ago.

Last Tuesday, Casper went missing while the pair were on a walk near Orchard Road in Upper Mount Bethel.

He didn't have his collar on because of an ear infection.

Wilkofsky hasn't seen him since.

"I searched and searched," said Wilkofsky."I have people out looking for him and putting up posters."

Since Casper went missing, two people reported seeing an SUV pick up a dog matching Casper's description on Allegheny Road in Upper Mount Bethel Township.

Wilkofsky says since Casper went missing, he has been at his wit's end and is talking to a psychiatrist to help him cope.

To Wilkofsky, Casper was more than just a therapy dog; he was the only way to deal with the pain of his past and look forward to the future.

"I miss him so damn much, he's my life," said Wilkofsky.

So much so that the idea of not seeing Casper again is unthinkable.

Wilkofsky is hoping someone will see Casper and the dozens of posters that have been put up.

Until that happens, Wilkofsky will continue his search.

"He's my boy," Wilkofsky said.

If anyone sees Casper, they can call Joyce at 908-334-8271.

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