SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A brother is turning to NewsChannel 9 viewers for help after his pregnant sister was an unintended target. She was shot in the back, and then her service dog ran off.
Aisis is a two-year-old Akita mix. The dog ran off when her owner, Passion, was walking her. Passion was shot in the back while out walking the dog, and Aisis then ran off.
Tiavon Hines is Passion’s brother. He says his sister’s recovery is coming along, but he knows she would do better with her best friend back by her side.
“Shocked. Almost like in disbelief and I didn’t know if she was even like alive,” Hines said.
Passion is six months pregnant and expecting a boy. She is in stable condition and the baby is fine, too.
She’s going to be okay, but she needs Aisis.
“She’s a service animal for my sister,” Hines said. “My sister has a lot of emotional problems and the dog helps her express those.”
Syracuse Police are on the hunt for the shooter, and for Aisis.
“We put out the picture and if you’ve happened to see it, give us a call. We’ll either have dog control or an animal cruelty officer come out and we’ll get the dog reunited with the family,” said Sgt. Matt Malinoswki.
Hines is offering a $500 reward to the person who help him find Aisis.
“I don’t even care if you guys wanted to, like, keep the dog or if you guys are thinking about it. There’s no questions asked if you guys could return the dog. That would really be helpful in the whole situation and the recovery process,” Hines said.
If you have seen the dog or know where it might be, call Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5200.