Eastern Carolina Marine searching for registered emotional support dog missing following accident

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -It’s the heartbreaking search for an Eastern Carolina Marine’s emotional support dog that went missing last weekend.

The search is on for Evyn Metzig’s pitbull Nala.

“During the daytime, I can’t watch TV or play Xbox just because I feel so guilty,” Metzig said. “I feel like I have to be out there every day looking for her, which I have been.”

Metzig says it’s been a tough three days since Nala went missing, while on a walk with his wife Rubi near their apartment complex in Jacksonville.

“She’s our rock for this family,” Metzig said. “She holds us together and is our registered emotional support animal. She helps us both.”

Jacksonville Police say they responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Commons Drive South and McDaniel Drive around 6:30 p.m. this past Saturday night.

Officers say Metzig’s wife was hit by a vehicle, while crossing a pedestrian crosswalk with Nala.

Metzig, who’s a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, had just been deployed a day before the accident and says he was on a ship near Norfolk, Virginia when he got the news.

“I broke down immediately because I wasn’t sure right away if she was okay or if Nala was okay,” Metzig said.

Metzig says he rushed to get back home Sunday morning and while his wife was okay, Nala was still missing.

“Without having Nala here it’s quiet and pretty rough,” Metzig said.

Metzig says Nala ran away as his wife was hit by the car.

Metzig and his wife are now on a mission to find Nala. Whether it’s a flyer or social media post, Metzig says the hunt won’t stop until Nala’s back in their arms.

“It’s probably the Marine in me,” Metzig said. “I do have to go back out for deployment. They didn’t send me home for good, but I’m determined to get it done.”

If you would like to join in the efforts to bring Nala home. You can reach out to Metzig and/or his wife at 602-684-1659 or at 623-399-7718.

Metzig says the accident is still under investigation.