Man steals service dog tied up outside of convenience store by veteran with PTSD: Cops

Authorities in Arizona say a man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a service animal left outside a convenience store by its owner, a military veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to, the alleged victim left the dog tied up outside a Circle K location in Glendale recently as he went inside to make some purchases.

Upon exiting, he reportedly found the service animal missing and contacted law enforcement.

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Court documents indicate authorities arrived at the scene and relied on surveillance footage to determine where the suspect went after taking the dog.

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A short time later, police officers found Kevin Michael Kent, 52, sleeping in a field near the store. The dog was reportedly with him at the location.

Reports described the suspect as a homeless man. He was arrested and is expected to face criminal charges including one count of control to deprive a service animal.

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[Featured image: Kevin Michael Kent, Maricopa County Sheriff Department]