PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A veteran has been reunited with his service dog after a community-wide effort to find the dog was implemented. The service dog ran away from the office at a veterans' center near 5139 Deer Park Drive in New Port Richey.

The dog, which ran off about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, belongs to Sonny Brooks, a former Army soldier, and is named Aquino. 

The 9-month-old labradoodle was found digging in the backyard of a New Port Richey family's home. They called animal services to pick up the dog and animal services identified the dog as the missing service dog. 

Aquino and Brooks were reunited around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.  

Brooks had posted on Facebook that Aquino continues to circle from Deerfield Elementary School, the clearing with ponds on Trouble Creek, across the road and Speedway gas station and Publix Supermarket on Little Road.