Stolen service puppy found safe

Dorie the puppy returns home

A service puppy stolen from a non-profit organization has been found safe.

Dorie, a 3-month-old golden retriever, was taken from the Canine Assistants Farm in Milton Sept. 2. 

A $3,500 reward had been offered for her return.

On Wednesday, Cannine Assistants Director Grace Murphy said that Dorie had been given to strangers outside of a Publix with a note. She was said to be safe.

The note had instructions to return the dog to Canine Assistants, and had their address and phone number. 

Dorie is one of a litter of six puppies -- including Nemo, Bailey, Becky, Destiny and Flo -- all named for characters in the recent movie "Finding Dory." she's one of 130 dogs at the farm who undergo at least a year of training before being given to the disabled as service dogs. Some aid owners in wheelchairs, others can detect seizures, low blood sugar and other dangerous medical conditions. 

Dorie was headed back home Wednesday afternoon.

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