A U.S. Army member has gone public with his search for his dog, which was apparently given away by a friend he trusted with watching during his nine-month deployment, CNN reported on Saturday.
First Lt. Brandon Harker told CNN he was not aware of what the unidentified friend had done until he was en route back to Joint Base Lewis-McCord near Tacoma, Washington, and has since posted a Craigs List ad enlisting the public for help. Harker also said to KCPQ he has not been able to find Oakley -- who is micro-chipped and registered -- at local shelters.
"I was told this happened in May, but it could have happened anytime from February till June," Harker said in his ad, noting that Oakley, a Labrador retriever, was "good with kids and other dogs."
"He never growled or anything at anybody," Harker told KCPQ-TV. "He always run up with his body shaking and then put his head down and try to sniff you."
Harker told CNN that Oakley's would-be caretaker would regularly reassure him that the dog was in good condition during his deployment, yet refuse to provide visual evidence.
"I'd ask for a picture every now and then," Harker said to CNN. "But I never got any pictures sent to me."
Watch KCPQ's story on Harker's search for Oakley, aired on July 25, below.