Service dog hit by car after escaping from groomer

Posted at 8:59 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 22:08:27-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - A car hit Gracie around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. The vet called Robertson and told her Gracie is alive but in serious condition.

She will likely spend three days at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Marcos, and will have costly bills. Robertson still plans to give her to a service member, free of charge, once she has recovered.

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A service dog was so smart, she orchestrated her own escape. Now, her owner is worried sick over her disappearance.

"She's hungry...and at night it's just devastating to think it's dark, it's cold, and she doesn't know where to go and I've had...some really hard times with that," Dorene Robertson said.

Dorene Roberston said her Australian Shephard, Gracie, was given up by her first owner because they couldn't handle her. 

"She would lunge at you and growl and bark and act like she was going to tear your face off," Roberston said.

Robertson took the one-year-old in about four months ago. Since then, she's become a docile dog who can execute 30 commands.

But Gracie may be too smart for her own good. She was able to push the door handle and get out of the groomers. There's hope that she may be close to home.

One worried neighbor searched with his drone on Sunday and spotted her. Someone else saw her sitting on a street corner.

She's been seen in a roughly one-mile radius around San Marcos Boulevard and Bent Avenue.