SALT LAKE CITY – A veteran is thanking the people of Salt Lake City Sunday night for reuniting him with his service dog.
Joshua Aikens lives in Colorado but was visiting Utah for a Bees game when his dog, Buell, slipped from her collar and ran away.
Aikens, who served as a Marine, told his sister back in Virginia what happened, and she launched a social media campaign to find the dog.
Sunday, Buell was found on a trail near Red Butte Gardens.
“When I lost her I lost everything, and the people of this city gave me everything back, and I just can’t express how thankful I am for that,” Aikens said. “I will always be in debt to this city and what they gave back to me."
Aikens adopted Buell a year ago and got her registered as a service animal. He said she truly is his best friend.