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Oklahoma Vet Needs Help Getting His Dog Home

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 11:31 AM CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. (KWTV)-- An Oklahoma City area Marine, who served in the war in Afghanistan, is facing life-threatening obstacles even after coming home.  He was living in North Carolina a month ago, when he almost gave in to his demons and ended his life.

Right now, his family is asking for help in bringing his best friend home.

"She pretty much means the world to me," said Austin Douglas.

"She" is Austin's dog "Willow."  She's a year-old Rottweiller-Pit Bull mix.  Willow did for Austin, what experts now realize pets do for many veterans  who are scarred by post traumatic stress.

"A fun-loving, caring dog. Always full of energy. Always loyal. Very loyal. Just nice to have around," said Douglas.

Last month, Austin's living situation out east changed, which lead to the suicidal thoughts.  His family rushed to North Carolina and took him out of danger, but for financial reasons they couldn't also bring Willow back.

"The people who were caring for her called yesterday and told us they weren't going to be able to keep her any longer and they were going ot have to take her to the pound," said Austin's mother Susan Carter.

Monday, the family posted A "Bring Willow Home" page on

Austin Douglas says he desperately needs his dog.  "She's definitely more than a dog to me. I think she probably represents hope. Yes. Just good things."

The family needs around 500 dollars to fly "Willow" back to Oklahoma.

 Other military families have been trying to organize a car pool to drive her her here.   But apparently Austin's dog gets very car sick.

Oklahoma Vet Needs Help Getting His Dog Home

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