Support dog stolen during home invasion, rash of break-ins at Mobile apt complex

Jackson is an emotional support dog for Marion, who suffers from a disability.

A Mobile couple is without their emotional support dog after thieves, suspected in a rash of break-ins, ransacked their home while they're asleep.

Corlette Sledge says she and her husband Marion are still in shock over the loss of their 9-month-old Shih Tzu named Jackson, which was stolen from their home at the Greystone Place apartment complex on Lloyd's Lane early Saturday morning.

Jackson is an emotional support dog for Marion, who suffers from a disability.

"He's a support to him, just to be in the home with him. But he's also a family member. He wasn't just our puppy, our animal or our pet," said Sledge.

Sledge says while she, her husband and their 13-year-old daughter slept upstairs, their back door was kicked in and the thieves entered their home.

The suspects stole valuable electronics including a TV, as well as her purse, wedding band and other jewelry.

Worst of all, the thieves also took Jackson from his cage.

"If they picked him up, he's so loving that he probably just loved on them. They did not have to take Jackson. Take the television, don't take our baby," Sledge said.

This is the 5th break-in in the last month at Greystone Place and the 3rd break-in just this week.

Other victims tell NBC 15 that the thieves always enter by kicking in the back door. However, victims say the suspects usually target apartments when no one is home.

Sledge says she's just hoping that whoever took Jackson will do the right thing.

"Please, just drop him back off at the road. He'll run home. He knows where he lives. If you would, please bring us our baby back," said Sledge.

Residents say Mobile Police are investigating and appear to have stepped up patrols in the area.

If you have any information on Jackson's disappearance or the thieves involved, contact Mobile Police immediately.