Owners of therapy dog get double dose of heartache

Posted at 7:09 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 22:09:31-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A gay couple - desperate to track down their missing therapy dog - says they are being bombarded by a flood of fake leads and cruel calls.

Rio, a 16-year-old Chihuahua-Yorkie mix, got out of his home 7 weeks ago while the dog sitter was getting the mail.

He served as a therapy dog for Corey O'Gormon-Carlson, an Army and Air Force veteran suffering from PTSD.

Since the dog disappeared, the couple says fake claims of finding the dog - including an address -  keep appearing on their flyers.

They're also getting daily, heartbreaking calls: different voices claiming they've spotted the dog, followed by cursing and a statement that the dog is dead.