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Deaf Riverside man needs help finding hearing dog

February 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A deaf man needs help recovering his hearing dog. The Jack Russell terrier vanished, leaving the Riverside man without his best friend.

"Lost the best friend of all. I've only known her for four months, and she's really attached to me, so losing her is really very heartfelt. I don't know what to do at this point. It feels like I'm missing someone," said Wes Rinella.

Rinella, who is deaf, trained Eva himself. He was taking her on a walk in the alley behind his house Saturday morning when she went missing.

"I looked at her and then she walked around the corner. I went to meet her around the corner. That was it. She was gone," Rinella said. "I called and I couldn't find her. I searched all day. I couldn't hear if she was yelling, I didn't know, so I asked my neighbors to help me."

Dozens of neighbors have stepped in to help, canvassing the neighborhood, putting up fliers, posting messages on Facebook and sending out emails and information in newsletters.

"Without it, he cannot listen to the phone ringing or he cannot listen to the doorbell ring, so it's really bad for him," said neighbor Alfredo Acosta.

So far, there's been one sighting, but they can't confirm whether it was Eva or not.

"I'm hoping that whoever has her will take care of her for me, whether they're trying to keep her or not, I don't know. But I hope that person will have the heart to give her back," Rinella said.

Eva has a blue hearing-impaired service tag on her collar. Rinella says he will pay a handsome reward for her return.

If you have any information, you can text Rinella at (951) 237-0263, or email him at wrinella@gmail.com. You can also call Rinella's neighbor Acosta at (951) 675-3061.