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Family searching for Marine's dog

By Jessica Priest
June 30, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.
Updated July 1, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.

The family of a deceased Victoria Marine is searching for his dog, June Galvan, an 80-pound German shepherd that went missing Saturday morning.

The family of a deceased Marine who volunteered for five continuous tours overseas is searching for his beloved dog, June.

Joe Galvan Jr.'s 80-pound black and brown German shepherd was last seen Saturday morning, Galvan's brother, Allen Galvan, said Monday.

The Victoria family thinks June may have climbed the chain-link fence in the front yard of their home at 1006 E. Oak St.

June, named after singer June Carter Cash, is wearing a purple collar.

The dog helped the Marine deal with his post traumatic stress disorder. She also loves to chase cats and mailmen.

Galvan rescued her in South Carolina about a year and a half ago.

"A taco, a steak, pork chops, it didn't matter. If he ate, she got her cut," Allen Galvan said while chuckling.

"I know she wants to come home. This is where she lives now, and we love her. Dogs are just like us," he said.

Joe Galvan Jr. died Jan. 2 in Victoria of sepsis he likely developed from pneumonia shortly after reuniting with his family. He retired from the service in 2012. He was 42.

Anyone with information about the dog's whereabouts is asked to call Allen Galvan at 361-652-3155 or Kira Galvan at 361-218-1763. The family will offer a reward if June is found.

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