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Family worried over missing pet

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 1:19 p.m. CST
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Marley is a 5-year-old white poodle and has been missing since Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information on Marley's whereabouts can call Joliet Township Animal Control at 815-725-0333.

JOLIET – A dog who serves as both a family pet and autism therapy went missing Thursday.

Ruben Contreras said when he left the house about 4 p.m., Marley was on the porch in the fenced-in yard, but was gone when he returned a half-hour later. The Contreras family lives near Chicago Street and Interstate 80.

"He has a chip, but I'm worried something happened to him already," Contreras said Friday afternoon. Contreras informed animal control the 5-year-old white poodle was missing and has checked local shelters.

"He's our pet, but he's also been a therapy dog because both my children are autistic," Contreras said. His 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son both pet Marley "to calm down when they get mad," he said.

Anyone with information on Marley can call Joliet Township Animal Control at 815-725-0333.

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