“He’s basically like my life alert,” Man searches for missing service, support dogs

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DEL CITY, Okla. - A man said he will not stop searching for his missing dogs, one of which is a service dog.

Bobbie Atteberry is in the process of moving to Denver, but he is currently staying in Del City with friends on Del View Drive. With him are his dogs, Ziggy and Marley.

Atteberry said he left the house for about five hours Friday and, when he came back, they were gone. The dogs were last seen in the backyard.

"That’s the first thing I do, I don’t even walk in the front door. I walk to the back gate. I love on my boy and everything, and they weren’t there," Atteberry said. "So, I walk the entire backyard, like there’s no holes. There’s no way they could have gotten out besides the gate."

Atteberry said he's had Ziggy, a Coonhound, since 2014. He described him as his "life alert."

"I’m epileptic. People kind of laugh until they realize what epileptic means, you know? Seizures and stuff. If I fall and I’m on my stomach, he’ll do like everything to flip me over on my back. Coonhounds are really loud. You can hear him from houses down. It sounds like a bears eating him, you know? Until somebody comes to the door," he said. "He has saved my life three times."

Marley, a Louisiana Catahouse Leopard mix, is an emotional support dog. She will be trained to be a service dog once she's a year old, according to Atteberry.

Since Friday, he said he's posted posters around the Del City and Oklahoma City metro area.

"I’ve walked collectively for like 19 hours in the past two days," he said. "I’ve knocked door to door. I’ve knocked pretty much 90 percent of the houses in the neighborhood we’re staying at. I’ve knocked everyday."

Atteberry said, right now, he's also dealing with car issues and has had a tough time getting to Denver. He does not plan to stop searching until he finds the dogs.

"I have to find them," he said.

Atteberry is asking anyone who has seen the dogs to contact him at ziggy.clay2015@gmail.com or on Facebook.

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