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Mom concerned after son’s autism therapy dog mysteriously disappears

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 08:44:55-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — Christie Brennan Acton said she believed her son’s autism therapy dog, Rambo, may have been stolen from outside their Montpelier home over the weekend. Rambo, or Bo for short, is a 130-pound harlequin Great Dane who is also deaf, Acton said. Bo is microchipped and would respond to the hand signals like come, stay and sit.

“He’s been missing and it’s not like him to want to be outside anymore,” she said. “We think he was picked up from our house. He has all identification and my [green] Dog Services hoodie on so we’re not sure why we haven’t gotten a call yet.”

Rambo is missing (PHOTO: Christie Brennan Acton)

Rambo is missing (PHOTO: Christie Brennan Acton)

Other distinguishing features included his black spots and the fact he does not have tail. He also has an orange Bamboo brand collar and blue tag with his name “Rambo” on it.

“He likes to use the bathroom at the end of our driveway on Beaver Dam Road near Route 33 and could have been picked up. We have an electric fence so he would have resisted in that case,” she said.

In addition to being the family pet, Bo served as a therapy dog for Christie’s son. Conner, who has autism, turns eight years old Thursday and wanted his buddy back soon.

Conner 'BatMan' and Rambo 'Robin' (PHOTO: Christie Brennan Acton)

Conner ‘BatMan’ and Rambo ‘Robin’ (PHOTO: Christie Brennan Acton)

“Rambo is always there to get Conner on and off the bus safely,” she said. “I filed reports with all the area animals shelters and the word is being spread through dog rescue group friends.”

Rambo the Great Dane (PHOTO: Christie Brennan Acton)

Rambo the Great Dane (PHOTO: Christie Brennan Acton)