Young’s dog buddy missing
Rusty is missing and could be injured.
The service dog belonging to Jeremy Young, a U.S. Army veteran of the war in Afghanistan, has been missing since Saturday and he could have been hit by a car. Family members and friends continued to search for the dog along Old Marlboro Road as the sun set Monday. There have been sightings of Rusty on Fairview Church Road in Trinity.
“A neighbor saw Rusty get hit by a car,” said Shelly Sanderson, a family member.
“Jeremy is very upset about this,” said Sherry Akines, Jeremy’s mother. “He does not want to think the dog may die. But it has been very cold and he may not make it. We do not know yet if we will search any more.”
Young received the Purple Heart after he was wounded in an attack on American troops by an Afghan soldier on July 3, 2012. Young arrived home to Archdale on Wednesday from Texas, where he had been recovering from his injuries. Rusty became his recovery buddy. The community held a homecoming Saturday at Creekside Park.
Young and four others were wounded a during a counterinsurgency mission. He sustained gunshot wounds over much of his body, including severe injuries to his right hand and foot, as well as his left arm. Pfc. Young, who has recovered to the point that he can do most things with no assistance, plans to be medically discharged from the Army.
Rusty: A Husky and German Shepherd mix. His face is masked like a German Shepherd, but the coloring is not as dark.
Sightings: Call ( 336) 689-3866