EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene woman is asking for help finding her service dog after her car was stolen Saturday with her dog inside.
Sharen Floyd was a volunteer at the Great Willamette clean-up on Saturday; she was helping clean the river when her car and dog were stolen from the Valley River Center parking lot. She says the car isn’t what she’s worried about, it’s Koda, her friend who has shared the same life experiences she has.
“I felt like I’ve been robbed of my spirit,” Floyd said.
To Floyd, Koda isn’t just a dog; they are partners who have shared the similar life experiences.
“I have pretty severe PTSD from childhood abuse and abuse that I’ve had in my career, so he helps calm me,” Floyd said.
As a puppy, Koda was abused by his previous owner who reportedly shot him. Floyd adopted him when he was 4-months-old and he’s been with her for five years.
“He’s my anchor. He’s my everything,” Floyd said.
Floyd says she was very lonely Saturday night without her chocolate lab.
“Oh my gosh, I kept the door opened the whole time. I kept thinking maybe he’ll find his way back,” Floyd said.
With that hope, all Floyd can do is continue searching and hold on to her memories of Koda, a dog that brings so much light to her life.
“It’s like I don’t even care about the car but don’t take that little guy. He gave so much love to everyone, especially to me,” Floyd said.
She says she was going to take Koda with her during the clean up, but she was worried about his safety, so she cracked the windows and left him in the car.
Floyd says she has filed a report with Eugene police for her car, a 2010 red Honda Fit, and Koda, a chocolate lab.