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California woman strives to get service dog back

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Living with seizures means a life that can bring danger at any moment.

"There's been times where I've fallen down the stairs, and I've gotten injured having seizures," said Brooke Holmes, who suffers from seizures.

Holmes suffers from seizures and even has an implanted device that will send electricity through her body to stop them. It's activated with a hand-held magnet.

"And I take it and swipe it across," said Holmes.

Seizures are hard to predict, but Holmes found the perfect service dog named Journey a few years ago while living in Wisconsin. Journey was able to alert her when one was about to hit.

"The very first seizure he alerted me to, I thought he was playing with me, he started tapping me. And I go what are you doing Journey," said Holmes.

While in the Midwest she sent Journey to get more training and then problems hit back home.

"My dad had a four-way bypass and I needed to come home. So I came home and stayed," said Holmes.

But now Journey is stuck in Wisconsin with his trainer and with limited income living on disability, Holmes can't afford to bring him back.

"Being able to come up with $1,000 is a little difficult," said Holmes.

She's started an online fundraising campaign to get Journey to Sacramento.

The trainer says she can take care of Journey for a month, but after that Journey will have to go.

Holmes says she doesn't know what she'll do if she never gets to see her dog again.

"It would hurt. He's been there to help me through my seizures. We bonded over all that time and he's my little baby," said Holmes.

Questions remain about the effectiveness dogs can play in the lives of seizure victims. The Epilepsy Foundation says while there is little disagreement that dogs can provide emotional support, the actual role they play in predicting seizures before they occur is controversial.

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