A deaf man’s service dog drowned in the basement of his Fort Wayne, Indiana, home during heavy rains last week. According to Monday’s WANE News, Sportster, a German shepherd, was home alone in her cage when the water began to rise inside of Christian Copper’s home.
Copper told the news agency of his tremendous loss:
“I have no family, all I have is this home and she was my girl. It’s very lonely here without her.”
Copper was out when the rain began to fall heavily – he knew that he needed to get home to his dog, but he arrived too late. In fact, by the time that Copper got back to his house, his basement was completely full of water and he could not even get down the stairs to access Sportster in her kennel.
Copper is devastated by the loss of Sportster – a dog who allowed him to function as a deaf man in the world. Sportster not only assisted her owner, but provided unconditional love and companionship. Copper’s friends have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Copper obtain another dog – though he has stated that he can’t even think about replacing her right now.
(screenshots via WANE News)
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