An Army veteran is reeling after he was beaten and robbed of his service dog during a walk on Mother's Day in New York City, according to KTLA sister station WPIX.
Surveillance cameras captured the attack by two men on Robert Lebron as he strolled through his Bronx neighborhood. \ Lebron said he and his 8-month-old pup, Mala, were returning to his building when he was jumped.
"I was attacked from behind," Lebron said.
One man pounced on Lebron. He stumbled down the stairs. A second man grabbed Mala's leash and ran off with Lebron's companion.
Lebron said he believes his attacker is an ex-boyfriend of his wife. He says he thinks the same person also attacked him less than a month ago.
Lebron told WPIX he is devastated after losing Mala. "What she gives me I can't get from someone else – not a therapist or a family member or my friend," he said about his service dog. "It's unconditional love."
Lebron served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, WPIX reported. Mala signified a new chapter in his life.
"It was one of the most amazing things that has happened to me in a long time," he said about getting Mala. "Because I can take her everywhere – to the store, to church, to the hospital – and I do."
He's asked for help finding his beloved pet.
"You see something, say something – because I need her and she needs me," Lebron said.