A soldier who was in Afghanistan is close to getting his dog back after his ex-girlfriend reportedly sold it while he was deployed, thanks to the help of strangers on social media.
Robert Gabbert, 23 a soldier based in Fort Carson, Colorado, left his 3-year-old Shiba Inu named Baxter with his former girlfriend when he was deployed to Afghanistan in March.
When Gabbert found out that his ex-girlfriend had sold his dog on Craigslist, he posted an ad on the site asking for help.
The ad stated: “I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog. I just found out and I am trying to find the people (person) who bought him. I will pay anything to get him back. His name is Baxter and he is a Shiba Inu. I do not have my phone with me. You can email me. The phone number is my mom’s she is helping me locate him. If you have any information PLEASE give us a call or an email.”
The post soon went viral on social media and even led to supporters setting up a Facebook page called “Help Bring Baxter Home” to assist Gabbert’s mother in finding the military family who bought the dog.
The family who took Baxter in said they are having a hard time parting with him because their children have become so attached.
The people behind the Facebook page, however, managed to raise $1,400 in an effort to buy Baxter from the family so he could be returned to Gabbert.
Pleas across social media have apparently worked. ABC News reports there is a possible agreement being made between the support group and the family.
Members of the support group also said they are more than willing to find the family a new dog if and when Baxter is given back to the soldier.
*ABC News contributed to this story.