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UPDATE: Veteran’s missing service dog in training, ‘Jib’, found

UPDATE: Tri-Cities Army veteran Charles Schutter says his missing service dog in training, named ‘Jib’, has been found. He says police tracked Jib down in Greene County. 

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- A Tri-Cities Army veteran is pleading with the public to help him as he desperately searches for his missing dog “Jib.”

Charles Schutter told News Channel 11 on Wednesday afternoon he believes Jib was taken from his backyard Tuesday night.

Schutter said Jib is about 8-months-old and is a service dog in training with Smoky Mountain K9 Training out of East Tennessee. 

Schutter said he believes that once he is trained Jib will not only be his companion, but also a comfort for other veterans in our region. 

“He would be a therapy dog that I could take to the VA on the weekends when I work, and I’ve slowly exposed him to that…I’m hoping to train him to where he can actually assist patients walking, wheelchair training,” Schutter said.

According to a Johnson City Police Department report obtained by News Channel 11, on Wednesday a woman by the name of Debbie Fletcher Wampler was arrested for violating an order of protection in regards to this case.

That order of protection was filed by Schutter back in May.  

That report states that “the suspect (Wampler) stated that she did her due diligence by notifying police (going to JCPD headquarters and speaking to a records clerk) retrieve her things…and proceeded to this address, obtaining a dog, without police presence…” 

Wampler was arrested on the charge of violating an order of protection Wednesday afternoon in Greene County. 

However, when we spoke to Schutter Wednesday he said he still had no idea where Jib was, continuing to plead with the public to be on the lookout.

“He was last seen wearing an orange collar, that has a name plate, with my name and phone number on it, he’s a wonderful dog…you know I just want him back,” Schutter said. 

Schutter said if you see Jib you are asked to contact him via his Facebook page. 


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