Happy ending as snatched Md. puppy reunited with boy owner

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 22, 2010

The puppy that was stolen from a Montgomery County boy on Saturday was reunited with him on Sunday, authorities said.

Montgomery County police said a man in the Montgomery Village area discovered the missing 8-week-old puppy on his porch Sunday morning.

The man, who was not identified, recognized the young pit bull from television reports, police said, and he telephoned authorities.

According to one of the boy's neighbors, police later brought the dog to the boy's home in the Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village area.

The puppy, whose name is Yeti, was taken about 2 p.m. Saturday.

It happened as the boy was walking with his pet in the vicinity of Snouffer School Road and Ridge Heights Drive, police said.

Two youths approached. Police said both were strangers to the boy, and they grabbed the puppy and ran.

The robbery left the boy "pretty distraught," said Kathy Zapol, a neighbor.

He was "very excited" to have the puppy back, she said. "He's very happy."

After the boy was reunited with Yeti, the two were out playing again in their neighborhood Sunday, neighbors said.

The return of the dog "does my heart good," said one neighbor.

Pit bulls do not enjoy the finest of canine reputations. But, the neighbor asked, "Who doesn't love a puppy?"

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