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Local woman hopes to reunite dying veteran with his beloved dog

Posted at 11:38 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 02:56:59-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas woman is on a mission to reunite a dying veteran with his constant companion. The vet’s dog, Murphy, disappeared when his owner was suddenly hospitalized.

A lot of people don’t even know their next-door neighbor, but Jacki Scaturro and her daughter were at their neighbor’s bedside as he spent five days on life support and was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“He is very ill, and this will make him whole again,” said Scaturro. “In the last weeks of his life, I want to bring Murphy home."

Murphy is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois. He weighs about 60 pounds.

Mister Morris, as Jacki calls him in her Facebook posts, left Murphy at home, but somehow he got loose while his son was taking care of him.

That was two weeks ago.

Since then Jacki, who works as a pet groomer, has been determined to track him down.

She put up fliers all over their Centennial Hills neighborhood. Murphy is microchipped, and Jacki believes someone likely took him home.

"He is a very kind animal,” Scaturro said. “He is very kind, and I think anybody that sees him would want him to be honest."

But she's hoping that during this season of giving that someone might consider that here's someone else who needs Murphy more than they do.

"Bringing Murphy back to him will light up his life it will make him happy," Scaturro said.