Community responds to Ardmore woman in need UPDATED

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

Update:

ARDMORE, OK -- An Ardmore woman who lost her service dog earlier this week is receiving some help thanks in part to hundreds of people who care.

Judeth Hinton depended on her service dog 'Loki' to do almost everything. Hinton suffers from a muscular degenerative condition that keeps her in a wheel chair.

Loki was found dead on Wednesday. The Southern Oklahoma Radio Center set up a fund on Thursday through American National Bank.

KTRX radio's David Hilton says nearly $4,400 has been raised so far. The money will be used to help buy Hinton another service animal.

They usually cost between $2,000 and $10,000.

Original story:

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A local woman is asking for your help after a highly-trained certified service animal that she depends on for everything was found dead Wednesday morning. Those close to her are asking the community to help get the woman another service animal.

Judeth Hinton suffers from a degenerative muscular disease called ‘fredrick ataxia’ that has confined her to a wheelchair.

We were there Wednesday morning because her service dog, Loki, was reported stolen, but moments later friends who were searching for the dog found the animal dead near Hinton’s home.

Because of Hinton’s condition, she cannot work and depends on a wheelchair to get around. Loki went missing a week ago, and Hinton filed a report claiming her service dog was stolen from the outside of her residence.

Before our interview, friends found Loki lifeless near train tracks adjacent to her residence at the Huntington Apartments.

Hinton says because of her highly-trained dog she could live independently. Loki could do anything from picking up something Judeth drops to paying for items in the check-out aisle.

"They do things for these people that we take for granted we do for ourselves without even thinking. Judeth needs the dog to help her function in this world and get about her business." friend Jon McCurdy says.

A community meeting is set for sometime next week at the Huntington Falls Apartments to help get Hinton another service animal. A dog that highly-trained costs around $2,000.


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  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on Feb 7, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    I am a service dog trainer and would love to take your case. Do you already have a trainer? If not please check me out at www.heritagespecialtydogs.com
  • by Loki's Mom Location: Ardmore on Dec 14, 2007 at 05:51 AM
    My final comment on my Beautiful Loki is that I feel it MORE than important for everyone in this community, especially those who knew and came to love him, is that Loki was placed where he lie found. He was NOT struck by a train! "Loki: He lived in service and died for love".
  • by Loki's Mom Location: Ardmore on Dec 11, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    I thank you ALL, each and every one, for your loving comments and prayers! I have as many questions or more than anyone, yet I do know someone was indeed keeping him especially from getting home. Loki had been where he lay and was found by my loving neighbor, at the most...1/1/2 to 2 days!!! After he was taken a week prior. I am overwhelmed by this community's response and...there just are no words. God bless you all.
  • by kat Location: ardmore on Dec 9, 2007 at 08:48 PM
    do they know why the dog was dead? i am soooo sorry for your loss of lokie !!why doesnt the animal shelter find someone to train dogs that are geting ready to be [put to sleep]??that would help peoplethat needs a trained dog& also save the animals life.
  • by Mary Goodwin Location: Ardmore on Dec 8, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    I met her at Wal Mart about 1 1/2 years ago and asked about her service dog (needing 1 my self). I have tried several places to find out about getting a service dog but nothing. Can you please send me any info you have on where to obtain getting a service dog in this area. Thank You.
  • by Friend Location: Ardmore, OK on Dec 8, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    As a Neighbor of Judith Hinton's I just would like to thank everyone who has donated money and their time for Judith and Loki, Seeing what these community does when someone is down and out makes me so Proud that I live here with such Good People. Thank you
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Anonymous, they did not say he had been stolen, he was found dead, he could have died of anything old age or maybe he was just sick
  • by ashleigh Location: madill on Dec 7, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    this is so sad hearing the story makes me want to cry. i am so sorry. u will be in my prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2007 at 05:33 PM
    Who steals a disabled womans dog. My prayers go out to this woman, and I hope they get the low life meth head that stole it. You should be ashammed, whoever you are.
  • by Kimberley Location: Mannsville on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    A lot of the radio stations are raising money for her to get another dog.. I think they have raised a lot so far.
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