A community has been searching for days to find a missing companion dog that belongs to a cancer patient in Horn Lake, Miss.
"Latte," a German Shepherd, slipped away from his new owner on Sunday, Jan. 6, in Nesbit, a day after the canine was given to the patient.
Several animal lovers have been out searching for the dog ever since.
With each passing day, they're worried, and if they don't find the canine soon, this story might not have a happy ending.
"This man needs this companionship with this dog," said Shannon Benson, who is volunteering her time in trying to locate Latte.
Horn Lake Animal Control, Hernando Animal Control and Save Our Shepherds Rescue have all teamed up to help find Latte. They're focusing their search in an area near Tulane and Church roads, where the canine was last seen.
"He's a long-haired, black German Shepherd with tan legs," Benson said. "He's very friendly. He's about 80-90 pounds, so he may be a little intimidating if you come across him but he's a very friendly dog."
From handing out flyers to setting up food in traps at a city park, volunteers are doing what they can to bring Latte home. People shouldn't be scared if they happen to cross paths with Latte.
"A little girl was petting him the other day," Christopher said. "So, it's a friendly dog, a real friendly dog."
"Food always works," Benson added. "Get their sense of smell going and he should be a lap baby."
Benson says she's hopeful someone finds Latte soon because the pain his sick owner is feeling is something that won't go away until the missing dog is home.
"Please keep your prayers with this man and this dog and just please help us bring him home," she said.
If you have seen Latte, please call the Horn Lake Animal Shelter at 662-393-5857.