BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A blind Birmingham woman says she can relax after her seeing-eye dog was returned to her.
Two weeks ago, Adrienne Stroud found that a hole had been cut in her fence and her seeing-eye dog, Treasure, had been taken along with her other dog. She walked her neighborhood and visited the animal shelter looking for them, but her searches yielded no results.
On Tuesday, Stroud filed a criminal report with the Birmingham Police Department. Officers began to investigate and issued a BOLO for the missing poodles.
Around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the dogs were returned home. Police told Stroud that a local business owner had seen two poodles in the area and reported them.
"This takes so much stress off my back," said Stroud of the dogs' return. "I was so stressed that the little sight I have left was leaving."
Stroud says the service dog was donated to her from an organization called "Pilot Dogs for the Blind" and that getting another one could take as long as four years.
"It was almost as bad as losing a child," said Stroud. "He is my eyes. Getting that dog was getting life again."
Copyright 2011 WBRC. All rights reserved.