BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Boston terrier that was stolen from a north Baltimore home has been returned, the dog’s owner confirmed to WJZ.
Rosie is safe and back at home.
Gabe Gallico, Rosie’s owner, said she was stolen and then sold to someone who saw pictures of the dog on social media and thought it might be her.
It turned out to be Rosie after all, and the person who bought her returned her to Gallico.
Police said officers responded to Gallico’s home on Clipper Road in the city’s Woodberry neighborhood just before 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday for a report of a burglary. When they got to the scene, they found Rosie and a PlayStation missing.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling I had at the time. It was like my heart getting ripped out of my chest,” he said.
Gallico had been offering a reward for her safe return.
“To steal somebody’s pet, that’s in my mind like taking a family member out of somebody’s family, that’s just a line you don’t cross,” he told WJZ on Wednesday.
Social media helped solve the case, with people reaching out to show their support from as far away as California, Gallico said. A GoFundMe account collected $3,500 for the effort.
With Rosie back home, Gallico said he forgives the person who took her.
“I harbor no ill will for whoever did this. I forgive them,” he said. “I got her back so I got my happy ending but regardless of that, the amount of love and support that came out of this community is incredible.”
It’s not immediately clear if any arrests have been made; police continue to investigate the crime.
This story was originally published on Nov. 19, 2020.