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Retired Military Man Needs Your Help Finding His Dog

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Virginia native Casey Fulp was medically discharged from the military in 2010 following a motorcycle accident that changed his life forever.

"I was at home on break after basic and I was riding my motorcycle when a young lady ran a stop sign and hit me," Fulp said. "That happened in 2008 and it took two years to recover. I was medically retired in 2010."

A wave of depression took over Fulp's life. He says that changed when he brought home a new friend. Her name is Laysha. She got her name from one of Fulp's favorite journeys: his hike through the Appalachian Mountains.

"She was definitely essential in my recovery, " Fulp said. "Those times where I was feeling down about things and didn't want to do anything but sit around at the house, she would sit there with a toy and be like, 'Hey, lets go play.' She helped me transition back to talking to people."

But now its Fulp's turn to rescue Laysha.

Fulp took Laysha for a ride in his truck on Friday on Route 8 just outside of Christiansburg. He was in a minor traffic accident, and immediately stepped outside of the truck to go check on the other driver. When he made it back to the truck, he looked in his back seat and his best friend wasn't there.

"I don't know if she was thrown out, or if she ran away scared."

An eye-witness said that she saw Laysha running away from the accident shortly after it happened. That has given Fulp and his family hope for finding their four-legged family member.

"The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department have looked for her for a while," Fulp said. "We have had family and friends searching for days," but still no luck.

Now he needs your help in reuniting him with his best friend.

"I have cried enough, and I don't want to cry anymore. Whether it be a reward, or whatever, if someone has her just let us know. If not and she is in a field somewhere, we are going to keep looking."

Fulp says he won't stop until he rescues the girl who first rescued him.