Marshall the Miracle Dog’s van recovered

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Marshall the Miracle Dog. (Source: Cyndi Willenbrock)

Marshall the Miracle Dog. (Source: Cyndi Willenbrock)

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – Police have located a beloved three-legged dog’s special traveling van.

Late Sunday evening, car thieves broke into and stole a black 2011 Honda Odyssey belonging to Cyndi Willenbrock.

Willenbrock uses the van to take her yellow lab, Marshall the Miracle Dog, around the country to raise awareness on bullying prevention and animal cruelty. Marshall was rescued from an animal hoarder three years ago. Bite marks left a hole the size of a tennis ball in Marshall’s cheek. His front leg was so mangled, doctors had to amputate.

Willenbrock penned a children’s book about Marshall, which has since been adapted into a movie.

According to Willenbrock, police recovered the van in East St. Louis. Investigators said the thieves ditched the van after stealing most of the vehicle’s contents. The van has only “minor scratches,” Willenbrock said, but still drives well.

Thieves left behind Marshall’s therapy dog vest, his St. Christopher medal, and a picture of Marshall’s trainer’s deceased father, who Willenbrock describes as “Marshall’s guardian angel.”