ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The family of a famous dog named Marshall, who has three legs, found themselves without their trusty van this week. The van, which helped them travel with Marshall to share his message of hope, was stolen.
Marshall the Miracle Dog is a yellow Labrador Retriever who was rescued from a terrible hoarding situation in 2012. Of the 60 dogs that were rescued, Marshall was in the worst shape. Not only was his face covered in bite marks, he needed to have his front leg amputated.
“He died three times during the operation at the Humane Society. This dog knows he has a purpose,” his new owner, Cyndi Willenbrock, told FOX 2 News.
Since recovering, Marshall has become a part of a nationwide effort to bring awareness of preventing bullying and the mistreatment of animals. He has a book and was featured in a movie. He travels to schools all over the country to visit children and to spread his word.
“We just put 30,000 miles on that this year going coast to coast. We have been in about 400 schools, 150,000 kids, sharing his bullying prevention message,” said Willenbrock.
Unfortunately, their van was stolen from their neighborhood of Richmond Heights on Sunday night.
The black 2011 Honda Odyssey with Missouri plates SM2JOJ had the second row seats removed for Marshall and the trunk is full of DVDS and books.
UPDATE: Police have stated that they have found the van abandoned in the woods. Although it suffered a little damage, it is still drivable.