By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BONNER SPRINGS, KS (KCTV) -
A woman is desperately seeking the safe return of her furry friend before she is deployed to Iraq on Monday.
Patsy Wright is desperate to find her white Maltese four-legged companion, Katie. Wright works in civil service for the U.S. Army, handling transport security for troops returning home.
"I have looked until 2 or 3 in the morning for this dog. There are no signs of her," Wright said."I'm not going to leave without her. I'm like a parent out there. This is my child. How do you leave without your child?"
Katie was her grandfather's dog. Wright inherited the 7-pound dog when he died last fall.
"Katie helped him through his cancer until he died," Wright said. "I promised I'd take the dog and keep it forever."
Wright is stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. She had come to the Bonner Springs area to visit her sister.
Wright was at home off Morse Avenue and Jamison Street when a woman at the residence allowed Katie to squirt out the front door. Wright frantically searched for the dog, but to no avail.
That was Feb. 1, and two winter storms have dumped nearly two feet of snow on the area. But Wright cannot stop believing that her little friend is out there waiting to come home to her.
"I can't replace her. It won't be Katie. It won't be Grandpa's. She's all I've got left of him. I hate to walk away without her. I can't," an emotional Wright said.
She hopes that someone has taken her in, not realizing she has a loving home waiting for her back in Georgia.
"She's not a stray. She's got tags from Fort Benning. She's got a pink collar. She's got an owner. I cannot replace her," Wright said.
She is hoping someone will see her plea and help reunite her with Katie before she heads east.
"This is my baby. I want to take her home with me," she said.
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