Family searches for missing service dog

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MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Kelsey Crawford's young son Thomas misses the family's little 8-month-old Chihuahua, Rocky.

“He was on the porch and he ran away,” says 4-year-old Thomas.

Rocky has a distinctive condition called "cherry eye" that left one eye pinkish with a misplaced tear duct.

For Kelsey Crawford, Rocky's disappearance has been even more heart-wrenching.

Rocky is Crawford's emotional support service dog, helping her cope with post-traumatic stress disorder she's had for most of her life.

“He knew when I needed him,” says Crawford. “He'd just run up and start lickin' my face and I took him with me everywhere. He helped me out in ways that no medication can help. So that's why I chose to get a service animal instead of get medicated.”

But Crawford couldn't take Rocky on a cross-country flight earlier this month, so she left him with her boyfriend in Milwaukie.

Rocky disappeared from the home's front yard July 2 and hasn't been seen since.

Kelsey and her family have put up dozens of fliers around that neighborhood.

There’s also a Facebook page dedicated to bringing Rocky back home.

So far, nothing.

Crawford wonders if someone's picked Rocky up.

“I'm just hoping that someone out there will just turn him in," Crawford says. "You know the feeling of guilt will set in and I know they've seen the fliers. There's so many out there.

“I'm just hoping some way, somehow, he'll make his way back home,” she said.