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

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“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.

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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.

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