MISSING ASSISTANCE DOG: Help find Geena from Hanover, Minn. - KMSP-TV

MISSING ASSISTANCE DOG: Help find Geena from Hanover, Minn.

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HANOVER, Minn. (KMSP) -

An assistance dog trained by Can Do Canines is missing from Hanover, Minn., but although she has been microchipped, she is not wearing her red vest or her collar.

The Pinor family owns Geena -- a 2-year-old, 50-pound black Labrador they waited more than a year for. Now, they are asking anyone who finds or sees the dog to call them immediately at 763-477-7006.

Tyler Pinor admits his home feels since empty his beloved mobility dog went missing on Tuesday afternoon.

"You start to wonder, 'Okay, what just happened?'" he said. "She hasn't barked."

Pinor was born with cerebral palsy, and he was matched up with the young black lab at the end of his junior year of high school. Inmates and volunteers helped raise the pup, and Geena's training has an estimated value of $25,000.

Yet, it's not just her value that has Pinor desperately hoping to find her. She's his lifeline -- literally.

"If we were to go and leave and there was a fire in the house -- that's the way he would get out," Wendy and Dave Pinor explained. "She would get him through that door. It's a lot of peace of mind that she's here."

Pinor said he gave Geena her command to go outside, but the family later realized that the gate wasn't latched -- possibly blown open by the wind. Now, they are holding their breath every time the phone rings in the hopes that someone has found her.

Can Do Canines trains puppies to become assistance dogs to bring mobility, independence and companionship to a person with a disability. This is the second time in its 25-year history that a dog has gone missing.

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