Jackson County Family Searches for Soldier's Lost Dog

By: Heather Waliga
By: Heather Waliga

Most soldiers’ families are worried about their loved ones returning home from Iraq safely.

A Jackson County family has that same concern, but they're also trying to make sure the family is together when their son returns, the whole family.

Jake Vickery is a U.S. soldier in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He was supposed to come home in November, but when another soldier had to take an emergency leave he was told he'd have to wait until August.

"I told him about Millie, and the very next day he found out he wasn't coming home," said Jake's mother, Kayren Vickery.

Jake's family dropped his dog Millie off at their friend's dog kennel before they went out of town three weeks ago. They hadn't been gone a day and a half when they got a call from the kennel saying Millie had climbed an eight-foot fence and run away.

"At least five days a week we go out into the Grand Ridge, Sneads, Cypress area. Between several of our friends and myself, my husband, and my daughter, we go out there almost everyday."

Jake's family has been posting fliers around the area offering a $100 reward for Millie’s return. She was last seen heading toward Grand Ridge on Highway 69.

"We feel like she's still alive and we're hoping we can get her back."

Millie is a female chocolate lab, weighing 75 pounds and wearing an orange collar. If you have any information you can call 573-1552.


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