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Paralyzed boy reunited with service dog

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MILWAUKEE (NBC) - A paralyzed nine-year-old boy from Wisconsin has been reunited with his service dog after more than a week apart.

Xzavier Davis-Bilbo finally has his best friend back by his side. On May 20, Shi-Shi, a pit bull, went missing.

"We knew, we knew someone stole her.  It just happened so fast," said mother Valetta Bradford.

Bradford went into a panic. Shi-Shi is more than just a pet. She's also a service dog for Xzavier. The canine helps open doors and can even alert the family if the boy is having trouble breathing. Xzavier has been paralyzed since 2010 when he was hit by a woman texting and driving while he crossed the street.

"We've lost enough. To get something back feels good," Bradford said.

Shi-Shi was returned to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control after a woman said she was approached by a teenager looking to sell the pit bull.

"He was asking if I wanted to buy a dog. He asked for $40," said the woman, Lynette.

Lynette bought the dog as a gift for her son, but family members soon realized that the pooch wasn't ordinary. They recognized the canine and it's Harley Davidson collar from a local newscast. That set in motion a heart-felt reunion.

The dog is now microchipped so she'll be easier to find in the event she goes missing again.
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