Owner searches for his lost therapy dog “Duke”

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"He was the best dog in the world. I would do anything to get him back."

ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – One local resident says he has been searching for his one-and-only companion. His therapy dog, Duke, has been missing for 11 days.

“He was the best dog in the world. I would do anything to get him back,” said owner, Preston Dowell.

Dowell says he has been searching on his hands and knees. He moved to West Texas for a new job and was in search of housing when his co-worker offered his trailer. Dowell says he left Duke leashed at the trailer while he went off to work. When he returned, Duke had broke loose and was no where to be seen.

“I felt like I failed my dog,” explained Dowell. “I had a severe panick attack. I frantically looked for him all night. I haven’t slept in almost two weeks. I haven’t been able to eat.”

He says on January 20th, he made “the worst mistake” of his life. Dowell describes his relationship with Duke as one necessary for life.

“He had no fur on his head when I got him. His teeth were broken. Last owners just beat the crap out of him. I spent everyday with that dog. We were homeless together for 13 weeks sleeping in the car. I love him, and I’m still looking for him.”

Dowell has taken off work almost everyday. With the support of those in the community, he has put up more than 600 flyers, posted in over 30 social media groups and now is short on money to pay his next rent. But he says without Duke, nothing matters.

“He gave me soul and purpose,” explained Dowell. “You know, he made me want to write songs and sing again. You really brought me out of a black hole. I love you duke.”

Duke is a brindle pitbull and boxer. He is black, brown and has patches of white. Dowell says he is friendly with people and other animals, but does not like puppies. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Preston Dowell at 425-268-1969.

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