Boy with autism searches for missing therapy dog

Marcus Solis reports from Bridgeport
April 2, 2014 3:56:55 PM PDT
Noah Worrell is searching for his beloved dog, Aimie, after the Yorkshire terrier disappeared Feb. 26.

But this isn't your typical lost dog story. For 11-year-old Noah, who is autistic, Aimie has been his therapy dog for the last four years - providing a calming presence and helping him develop his social skills.

"He's not doing good in school, he's not sleeping ... Whatever we were able to accomplish up until then, it's regressing," said Noah's mother, Haydee Peralta.

Aimie disappeared Feb. 26 when Noah was visiting his aunt. An apartment door was accidently left open and the terrier wandered onto Noble Avenue in Bridgeport. She was later spotted on the Caribe Market's surveillance video, which showed a dark Nissan Maxima pulling up and a woman in medical scrubs grabbing Aimie.

"I don't know why they took Aimie," said Noah.

Thefamily is offering a reward with no questions asked for Aimie's return, but so far, there's been no sign of the terrier. The family says the solution isn't simply to get another dog.

"It's not a pet.It's a therapy dog," said Peralta.