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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