UPDATE: Knox has been found and returned to his owners.

BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A beloved dog is snatched right from his owner’s home during a break-in. Now the fight to get him back, has reached all corners of Baltimore.

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Knox was taken from his home in Remington on Wednesday night with his leash and harness.

Knox wasn’t just a pet, but a teacher, too.

The reward fund for Knox’s return has reached more than $8,000 dollars.

His owner, Kaitlyn Thomas, says it feels like ransom. The fliers have gone up all over Remington, as a desperate search for 3-year-old blue and white pit bull, Knox, was stolen during a break-in.

His owner is devastated.

“He’s the greatest dog that ever lived. I truly think he was put here on earth to help,” said Thomas.

Knox volunteered with students at Baltimore elementary schools, and at the Maryland SPCA, where he was adopted.

“If we had a mascot for the SPCA, Knox would be it,” said Stephen Lewis, with Maryland SPCA.

He even helps teach a class for dogs scared of other dogs.

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“Everybody he meets is his best friend, until proven otherwise. Which also, unfortunately, makes it easy to snatch him up,” said Lewis.

The burglars came in through a back window in broad daylight. Thomas believes they were looking specifically for Knox.

“It’s my worst nightmare come true. I didn’t think it was real, I guess. I just didn’t know what to do,” said Thomas.

Now the community is rallying to crowdfund a huge, growing reward for Knox’s safe return. Baltimore Police say it just might work.

“Fortunately, at least the cases that have been brought to our attention — the dogs have been returned safely. So we’re hoping everything stays consistent and we can reuinte these family members,” said Detective Donny Moses, Baltimore City Police.

Knox’s family, hoping for the best-case scenario: their best friend makes it home soon.

Police are taking a look at surveillance video in this area. They don’t know if this was a random break-in, or if Knox and Thomas were targeted.

If you have any information about where Knox might be, you’re asked to call police, or return him to the Maryland SPCA.

If anyone sees him or has any information, please contact 443-415-5641.

You can also call Baltimore detectives at 410-367-3105.

To help donate to the reward money to help bring Knox home CLICK HERE.

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