HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — A free-job referral group for U.S. veterans Monday announced a $10,000 reward for a stolen K-9 unit.

“Bear”, a black-and-tan German shepherd service dog, was reported stolen on June 19 from West 118th Street and Birch Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Richard Davis of The Bodyguard Group.

A certified K-9 unit service work dog, Bear also volunteered at local hospitals and performed tricks for U.S. veterans and sick children.

Any attempt to sell a certified service work dog is a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Established in 1967, the Beverly Hills-based The Bodyguard Group provides referrals services to celebrities and political officials and offers free job placement for Navy SEAL and other former military service members.

Anyone with information on Bear is asked to call (310)713-1591.

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