LEBANON, Ill. (AP) - A former Marine in southwestern Illinois is asking for help finding two dogs he lost during flooding this week.

One of the animals is a therapy dog helping James Sperry cope with the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffers from as a result of an injury in Iraq.

Sperry told police his dogs jumped a fence at his home in Lebanon and he chased them into deep water but couldn't catch up with them.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( ) that the therapy dog is an Akita and Shar-Pei mix named Sophie. The other dog is a Doberman named Justice.

The newspaper says Sperry has suffered from migraine headaches and vertigo since a traumatic brain injury. A rocket-propelled grenade struck his helmet in November 2004 and exploded behind him, fracturing his skull.

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