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ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. -- We have an update about the Atoka County family who said their son's service dog was shot in their front yard. 

In our original story, Amber Hawkins said her son Jase had a service dog for two years. His name was Brutus, and had saved Jase's life multiple times. 

But on September 2, Hawkins couldn't find Brutus. They think that someone shot the dog, after finding two pools of blood and a shell casing in their front yard. 

Then on Saturday, five-year-old Jase received a surprise, just in time for his birthday. Hawkins said a Lone Grove woman named Christi Sullivan reached out to her family. 

Sullivan said she saw KTEN's story on Thursday, and -- being the owner of a service dog herself -- wanted to help Jase out. 

She presented a new service dog named Aphrodite to Jase on Saturday, and his mom said she's grateful for the priceless gift.

"She told me that it was God's place, and something made her turn the news on that night," Hawkins said. "Words just can't express how grateful I am for her, and for the second chance that my son gets."

Hawkins said she's also grateful for the entire Atoka community and the support they've given the family.

The sheriff has yet to update us on the investigation on what happened to Brutus.