GOOD NEWS for the support dog Pocahontas, the dog who was trained to help a girl with physical disabilities from Malaga, as she has been found healthy and well.

The black Labrador, named ‘Pocahontas’ was allegedly stolen at gunpoint on January 22 while she was with her handler Alfonso Garcia Cabrera.

The trainer reported how four individuals of “gypsy ethnicity” stole his wallet AND the dog at gunpoint.

The truth however has unravelled a “surprising” twist to the story, which luckily has a happy ending. The dog had NOT been stolen and had, in fact been kept by the handler, Alfonso Garcia Cabrera, all this time and who has been arrested for falsely reporting her kidnapping.

The Bocalán Foundation has shared a publication on its Facebook wall in which it reports the happy ending.


“Thanks to the incredible investigative work of the Aranjuez National Police, Pocahontas has been returned to us.

A week of unrest, shrouded by a web of lies has finally ended with the arrest of Alfonso Garcia Cabrera as one of the perpetrators of Pocahontas’ disappearance.

Although full of anger about what has happened, we could not be happier because Pocahontas has been returned with Fundacion Bocalan. Where, once fully recovered, she can continue her life as an assistance dog and companion of a disabled girl.

Our eternal thanks to all those who have collaborated by sending messages of support, giving clues, offering rewards and wishing for her safe return. A thousand thanks to all the media that have reported this incident because without them the task to find her would have been almost impossible.

We are tremendously happy

She’s back and that’s the important thing, the rest is in the hands of the police and the courts

The dog “Pocahontas” had been specifically trained for over a year to aid a physically disabled girl from Malaga, who had been waiting for over three years to receive the aid of a support dog.

The dog had been trained to aid the girl with turning lights on and off, to pick up objects from the floor, open doors and even help to take off the girl’s shoes.

Thankfully the story has a happy ending and Pocahontas will be able to continue with her life as a support dog and best friend to a delighted young girl.


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