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Veteran reunited with emotional support dog after three months

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

For almost three months, Felix Longoria never gave up hope his family's dog would come home. Otis was not only a pet, but Longoria's emotional support animal. 

In the middle of October, part of Longoria's fence blew over. That gave Otis, a 5-year-old German Rottweiler all the room he needed to make an escape. 

"He's so big, so he if he wants to get out, he can," Longoria said. 

This left the disabled Marine veteran and his family without a source of comfort. Longoria suffers from post-traumatic stress.

"He'll realize when I'm having issues and he'll actually come and comfort me," Longoria said. "He does the same for the rest of the family, he's going to love you whether you want him to love you or not." 

After almost three months of searching, with the help from strangers on social media, Otis came home.

"Someone was kind enough to look into the fact that somebody had our animal," Longoria said. 

Longoria said he could tell his dog had gone through a fair amount of stress. 

"It was difficult when we lost him and it was even a little more difficult when we got him back because emotionally he had been through an ordeal," Longoria said.

Now he said it is his turn to comfort Otis. As a reunion gift, his wife got a matching bracelet and collar for the duo from an organization helping pair veterans with companion dogs. 

"We just didn't give up, we did a lot of praying," Longoria said.

Longoria said if it was not for strangers on social media, Otis may never have been found. He encourages anyone who sees animals roaming around to post about it or call animal services.

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