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Jessamine Co. service dog moves to final round in American Humane's Hero Dog Awards

Posted: 6:18 PM, Jul 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-26 18:25:14-04
Teen’s Service Dog Up For Hero Award

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The service dog of a Jessamine County boy has made it as one of the top seven finalists in the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

In 2015, Antonio Reese's life forever changed when he was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle with his family.

Many LEX 18 viewers got involved by sharing the story and donating, to make sure that Reese got the service dog he needed. The boy is now 13-years-old and he is doing remarkably well, and part of that is thanks to his service dog, Alice.

For two-and-a-half years, Alice has been by the boy's side, alerting his family to possibly life-threatening seizures.

“If it wasn’t for Alice and the fact she alerts every single time, never skipped an alert Antonio probably wouldn’t be with us today. If he falls and hits the side of his head with the artificial flap we could lose him. She’s never skipped an alert..never not one…she’s done what she’s meant to do,” Reese’s mother Tara Murillo told LEX 18.

“‘She’s saved my life with a lot of stuff. If I’m about to have a seizure she whines about it and warns people,” says Reese.

Alice is up for the national title of 2019 American Hero Dog and she has made it to the finals!

You can vote for Alice here until 12 p.m. Pacific Time on September 9. You can vote once a day.

The winner will be announced at the Hero Dog Awards gala this October in Beverly HIll, California.