Valley veteran pleas for community’s help to bring service dog home


A valley veteran is asking for the community’s help to bring his beloved service dog home. 

“Murphy” went missing two months ago, when his owner Morris was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Murphy tried to follow and never returned. 

“I love him,” Morris said. “Please please return him. Why anybody would take a person’s furry friend I don’t know.”

Morris’ friend and neighbor Jacki Scaturro now devotes her days to the search for Murphy, as Morris continues his passionate plea for his best friend. 

“Everything you can think of,” Scaturro said of the pair. “They’ve never left each other’s side.”

Morris and the two-year-old Belgian Malinois bonded when Murphy was just 12 weeks old. They share a deep emotional connection, as Morris relies on the dog every day. 

“If anyone is saying oh it’s just a dog it;s just a dog, no,” Scaturro said. “That’s his family. That’s his life.”

Now, as Morris grieves this devastating loss, the Army veteran is also battling an agressive form of cancer. 

“Emotionally now if Murphy was by his side,” Scaturro said. “I think that would help him heal, and kind of give him closure in a way.”

As the sickness continues to take its toll, Scaturro is begging the community to come forward and return this four legged piece of Morris’ heart. 

“Just bring him home, do the right thing.” Scaturro said. “He needs to be with his dad right now.”

“I love the dog,” Morris said. “He deserves a good home with people that love him.”

“I’m never going to give up,” Scaturro vowed. 

Murphy was last seen on December 7, 2018, near Fort Apache Road and Gilcrease Avenue in Centennial Hills. 

He ran away without his collar, but he is microchipped. 

Scaturro is offering a $2,000 reward for Murphy’s safe return. 

Visit the “Bring Murphy Home” Facebook Page for more information. 

You can also contribute to the reward fund through the “Bring Murphy Home” GoFundMe Page.  

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