Man attacked and his service dog stolen
NEW YORK (WKRC / CNN Newsource / WPIX) - A service dog was stolen from an Army veteran after the two went on a walk on in the park Mother's Day morning.
Robert Lebron asked his community for help to locate his eight-month-old pup, Mala.
"What she gives me, I can't get from anyone else. Not a therapist, not a family member, not a friend, it's unconditional love," Lebron said.
As they returned to Lebron's building, he was attacked from behind on the front steps.
The video surveillance of the assault showed Lebron being ambushed by one man and then tumbling down the stairs.
The accomplice took Mala's leash, and ran off.
Lebron said, "I didn't want to fight. I didn't know if they had weapons or if they had anything. I just didn't want me and my dog getting hurt."
He was an army ranger who served our country with honor after September 11th. Mala symbolized a new healing chapter in his life.
"It was one of the most amazing things that has happened to me in a long time because I can take her everywhere," Lebron said.
He asked, if anyone sees his dog, say something because he needs her and she needs him.