Marion community bands together to search for missing service dog-in-training

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A Marion couple is spreading the word about their missing dog, which is also a service dog in training.

Jasper, an Australian Shepherd, ran away from home along with Keith and Kathy Ireys’ other dog, on Nov. 30. While the other dog was found, Jasper remains missing.

“We just want him home,” said Kathy. “The not knowing is the hardest.”

Jasper is training to become a diabetic alert dog for Keith.

“We got him for companionship definitely, but he was in the training process of teaching him how to sniff out low blood sugars and wake me up at night,” Irey explained. “It literally can be life or death when it’s too low.”

In the time since Jasper has been missing, his photo has been shared thousands of times online. Additionally, the Ireys have received hundreds of phone calls reporting possible sightings.

“We’re just glad that somebody’s got their eyes out looking,” said Keith.

Most of the people assisting in the search had never met the Irey’s prior to Jasper going missing.

“The love of a pet or fur baby is everything,” said Denise Roussel, one of the many people helping look for Jasper. “I just felt the need to help them. I just felt the need to help.”

Jasper has two blue eyes. He has white fur on his nose and brown fur around his eyes. The front of his chest and his front legs are also white. He has two pink dots on either side of his nose.

The Ireys are offering a $500 reward to whoever finds Jasper. They are also asking anyone who sees or finds him to call (740) 341-7702.

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