Hillsboro Navy vet seeks help to find missing service dog

HILLSBORO, Mo. — Timothy Fresta, a U.S. Navy veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical problems, is asking the public to help find his missing service dog, a 3-year-old German shepherd named Jared.

The dog was last seen May 22 at Fresta’s home on Angela Drive, southwest of Hillsboro.

Fresta, 35, has not given up hope in finding his friend, and each day continues to search for him.

“I love the dog,” he said. “I just want him back. I’ve spent hours and hours searching for him.”

Fresta is offering a $2,500 reward for Jared’s “safe and unharmed return.”

He said he can only guess what could have happened to Jared.

“My speculation is either he had an altercation with an animal or there was a deer and he decided to chase after it,” Fresta said. “It could have been another animal and he could have fled.”