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Family wants answers after child's service dog slain

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Jase Hawkins with Brutus. (Facebook) Jase Hawkins with Brutus. (Facebook)
Amber Hawkins said her son Jase is still mourning after his service dog was shot and killed on September 2, 2018. (KTEN) Amber Hawkins said her son Jase is still mourning after his service dog was shot and killed on September 2, 2018. (KTEN)
Jase Hawkins poses for a photo with his service dog Brutus. (Facebook) Jase Hawkins poses for a photo with his service dog Brutus. (Facebook)

ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. -- An Atoka County family is appealing for help to identify the person of persons who killed a five-year-old's service dog in their front yard.

Brutus saved Jase Hawkins' life multiple times before the unthinkable crime that left the dog dead and a young boy devastated.

"I just don't understand why," said mom Amber Hawkins.

The incident happened on Sunday, September 2. Hawkins said the dog's body was taken by the perpetrators; only a large pool of blood was left behind.

"There was so much, we knew that Brutus was never coming home," she said. "My boy has asked for him every day. Every day he asks, 'Where's Brutus? Where's Brutus? Where's Brutus?"

Brutus and Jase had been pals for the last two years. The dog is credited with saving the boy's life on several occasions after he suffered a seizure.

"If the dog wouldn't have barked, my son wouldn't be here today," Hawkins said. "He's more than just a member of our family; our son can have a seizure at any time and we never know about it without Brutus."

Hawkins also found a shell casing just a few feet from their front porch. Now she's asking neighbors and law enforcement for their in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

"If they do know of anything pertaining to this animal, we would like to know and get to the bottom of it," Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head said.

Jase, who will be six next week, only wants to have his best friend back.

"I think that dog was meant to be with my son, and I think he was viciously taken out of this world," Hawkins said.

A $5,000 reward is offered for any information about a crime that left an innocent child disillusioned and devastated.

"He's in my heart!" Jase said.

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