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Veteran's stolen service dog returned safe, two women arrested

 A veteran’s service dog that was stolen from him at Old Town on Oct. 28 was returned safely due to a tip from a concerned citizen, authorities said.

With the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Winter Garden Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify and obtain arrest warrants for Jennifer Gotschall and Monique Cosser for the theft of a veteran’s service dog named Kira.

Gotschall and Cosser have been charged with grand theft and Kira has been recovered and is in good health.

On Oct. 28, deputies responded to Old Town in response to the theft Kira. The victim, a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran, said he has post-traumatic stress disorder and was at Old Town with his two Pomeranian service dogs.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, one of the suspects began a conversation with him, the other came behind him and unleashed one of the dogs.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

“The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful for the assistance provided by Old Town, our Central Florida media partners and our concerned citizens, which all had an important part in helping us find the persons responsible for this crime,” said Sheriff’s Offive Maj. Jacob Ruiz in a press release. “A tip was received after a concerned citizen saw the story on the news. Working together, we really make a difference in keeping Central Florida safe and make it a great place to live.”

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