VIDEO – Citizen Helps Police Reunite Veteran with Missing Therapy Dog: ‘She’s My Best Friend’

Police in St. Paul, Minnesota, say an allegedly stolen car with a therapy dog inside was located recently and returned to the owner, who is a United States Navy veteran.

“I couldn’t sleep and when I did kind of nod out, I’d have nightmares that something happened to her,” the pup’s owner, James Booth, told KARE of the experience.

His canine companion’s name is Ladybug and the two have been together for the past ten years.

Booth reported his vehicle stolen with Ladybug still inside on Tuesday and said the incident occurred at a Catholic Charities parking lot.

Police said Thursday a citizen who saw the story about the dog spotted the car and dialed 911.

“Our officers showed up and confirmed it was the stolen Dodge Caliber. Ladybug was inside, along with a 33-year-old woman. The therapy dog was returned to her owner. The woman was arrested,” the post read:

***UPDATE: Good news! We found Ladybug. Someone saw a news story about her, then saw the stolen vehicle and then called…

Posted by Saint Paul Police Department on Thursday, April 29, 2021

According to, therapy pets offer many mental health benefits.

“From managing psychological health symptoms to controlling depression and PTSD, dogs and other therapy animals can help us with an array of medical conditions,” the site read.

Booth, a mechanic who was helping someone fix their car when his vehicle and Ladybug went missing, told WCCO he is relieved to have her back.

“It was a big weight off my shoulders because I didn’t think I was going to get her back. I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he commented.

The veteran and his beloved dog have been living at Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Place since he lost his home to a fire, the outlet said.

Facebook users praised the citizens and police officers who helped reunite Booth with his special companion.

“Great ending, watched the news and felt sad for the fellow……glad you found her….good going peeps in helping the police!!” one person commented.

“So thankful this veteran got his best friend and therapy dog back!” another said.


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