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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

August 14, 2008

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - A family is heartbroken since coming home to find two of their best friends missing. Diane Roberson came back from a National Guard conference this weekend to find her back gate open and her two black labs missing.

Her husband is currently away on his second deployment of Iraq and is also devastated by the loss. Diane is already without her husband and now says she just wants her dogs back.

 A muddy ball is all that's left in what is now Diane Roberson's lifeless backyard.

"Bandit is very smart. If anyone's got him and they got children, that's what he likes. As long as you are throwing something and he can fetch it, he is happy," says Diane Roberson.

Diane came home Sunday from a National guard Family Readiness Conference to find her gate open and Bandit and his son Junior gone.

"We've gone through the neighborhood. We've actually got neighbors looking for them. We have gone to the sheriff's office to file a report."

Diane's also continuously calls the Humane society. She said it is very unlikely for them to go with a stranger especially Junior.

"Junior is real shy and bashful. He doesn't like strangers or loud noises. He was the runt of the bunch and that is why we decided to keep him."

And now after a only few days without them, she just wants them back. "I'm heartbroken and sad. Every morning I come to this door and their not here. They are usually here. And my husband who is away in Iraq is devastated the he can't help with the search. He says this is the thanks he gets for serving his country. Someone coming in and taking his dogs."

"Whoever's got them please just bring them home. We are offering a reward. They are just an important part of the family."

And now they can only hope for their safe return. Bandit had on a camouflage collar and Junior had a purple collar. Anyone with any information on where Bandit and Junior might be can call the Coffee County Sheriff at 912-384-4227. 

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