Te Amo

Monica Shetter is seeking the public's help in finding her service dog, 8-year-old lab mix Te Amo. 

CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville woman is requesting the public's help in finding her missing service dog, who she says was taken from her workplace more than a month ago.

Monica Shetter said the last time she saw her 8-year-old lab mix Te Amo was during her shift May 21 at a fast food restaurant on Lewis and Clark Parkway.

Shetter said Te Amo, who she has had since he was 4 months old, reduces complications she has related to her medical issues, which include post traumatic stress syndrome, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia.

"With my medical issues that I have going on, I can't take medicine for it," she said. "I just have severe bad reactions to medicine, so that's how he became a service dog."

Shetter said she has paperwork showing that Te Amo is authorized as her service dog, but that she hasn't gotten him fully certified as a service animal.

Shetter had taken her dog to work, which she doesn't usually do, because a storm the night before had compromised her fence at home. She had the dog secured outside the restaurant, with people she knew who had worked there before watching over him.

When she had chances to take breaks, Shetter would go outside and interact with her dog, and give him fresh ice water.

"Te is my kid and I didn't want him to not be watched. I was trying to the best with the circumstances that I had."

But Shetter said the people left the dog unattended without letting her know, and the next time she went out, Te Amo was gone. Since then, she has been frantic — unable to find any sign of her dog.

"I called everyone, shelters, I made a police report and everything trying to get him back," she said. "I can't find a way to get ahold of him." Shetter said at the time of his disappearance, Te Amo was not wearing his usual harness, which has contact information for her.

Shetter said she's also fearful for her dog's health — Te Amo has a cancerous tumor on his chest.

Shetter said she has felt "broken and devastated" since Te's disappearance.

"I cry almost every day at work," she said. "Te and I have a bond that no one else can replace."

Te Amo is black with a white chest. If you have seen him, contact Shetter at 812-288-8833.

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at aprile.rickert@newsandtribune.com or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.