The push to reunite Bloomfield Police Lt. Harvey Holt with Jjackson, the K-9 he commanded in the Air Force, has exploded, with a petition to allow Holt to adopt the dog garnering 7,000 signatures by Monday.
"Just getting the word out," Holt's brother Christopher said, attributing the nationwide push to social networking and the "Return JJackson" site on Facebook. "People sharing with their friends has helped a lot. Facebook is probably becoming a very useful tool for us."
However, time may still be running out for the canine, who began serving with Holt in 2003 and remained with him until Holt left the service in 2007.
Holt's received what has been termed "unofficial but reliable" word military officials at Andrews Air Force Base have perhaps deemed Jjackson -- the double J in his name a quirk of how the military identifies litters -- unadoptable.
"We don't know for sure," said the policeman's brother Christopher Holt, who's led the online effort to reunite the two war heros, who served together in Iraq. "We do know that the new vet at the location where Jjackson's at is supposed to be there this month and make a final decision."
That means the dog could either be released to Holt -- or, far more troubling, he could be scheduled to be put down soon.
That's heartbreaking to Holt's family, who believe Jjackson's deserving of a safe, happy home with his former trainer in Bloomfield.
"Harvey's more than willing," Christopher Holt said. "He's got the funds to take care of this hero he's got the know-how to do it he trained this dog he knows this dog he's like one of his childen
Perhaps a sign arose last week when Harvey Holt, who now works with another Belgian Malinois, Dristan, on the police force. trained a group of Canadian K-9 officers, duly noting the group had a picture of Jjackson posted.
"Clearly this dog has made an impression somewhere," Christopher Holt said. "The fact that it is possible that he could be put down is terrible."
If that happens, however, American Airlines has offered to fly Harvey Holt out to spend as much time with the dog, a Belgian Malinois.
Supporters, however, have not given up hope. Christopher Holt has led a push to contact elected officials at the state and national levels seeking a reprieve for the beloved pooch.
Thus far, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has declined to help, Christopher Holt said.
"He is stating it is a federal issue and he's not going to touch it, which we all think is a load of crap."
Harvey Holt has been corresponding with Sen. Dan Coats, while efforts to reach Sen. Dick Lugar have thus far been unsuccessful.
Andrews Air Force Base, where the dog is currently quartered, has also not responded to calls for comment.
"We don't understand what the issue is," Christopher Holt said. "If the Air Force doesn't want him, let Harvey have him."