Sad news from San Jose Thursday as word spread about the death of a service animal who went missing earlier this week.
The group Operation Freedom Paws said a dog named Lobo was found on a San Jose freeway Wednesday night. He had been hit by a car.
Lobo had been the constant companion of 16-year Army veteran Jeff Wilson for the past two years.
Wilson is on crutches and couldn't run after Lobo when something frightened him while the two were in the driveway of Wilson's Berryessa home in San Jose on Tuesday afternoon.
An al- out search for the dog spanned the following two days. There were several sightings, but Lobo was still spooked and would not come when called.
Caltrans called Operation Freedom Paws early Thursday to report that a dog was hit and killed. It was confirmed to be Lobo before noon.
Wilson says he lost part of his heart .
"Thank you all for the outpouring of community support. It meant so much to Jeff, Gwen, and all of us at Operation Freedom Paws. Lobo was a true leader in our pack, and will be sorely missed by humans and dogs alike," Operation Freedom Paws posted on its Facebook page.
Lobo and Wilson got together thanks to the Gilroy-based group, which partners wounded vets and service animals. Wilson is a trainer there.