Millie the therapy dog for Andrea Taylor was stolen two weeks ago
and then mysteriously returned to the relieved family.
A therapy dog who was stolen from her front lawn two weeks ago, was mysteriously returned to her front door on Thursday. Millie the pit bull was last seen being lured into a white car in front of her family's home in Hutchinson, Kansas.
She left behind a heartbroken Andrea Taylor, a 5-year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy and blindness. Millie was given to Andrea in early March and she only had Millie three weeks before the dog was snatched, leaving the young girl devastated.
When Millie went missing, Andrea would look out the window and ask when Millie was coming home. Her mother, Lana Taylor said: "She absolutely loves Millie. She has always been a good night's sleeper. She's not sleeping at night, she's crying all night long."
Andrea's tears were replaced by smiles after Millie turned up at home in the middle of the night. Andrea's father found Millie on their front porch at 3:30 a.m. in the morning.
As soon as Millie came inside, "she went right to Andrea's bed, put her paw up on the bed, and sat there and was trying to wait for her to wake up," said Lana.
When Andrea woke up and came out into the living room she said "There her is. It's my Millie," according to Lana.
The family credits the media coverage and efforts of the Reno County Sheriff's Department with Millie's mysterious return. When her story aired on CNN people across the United States offered to help. The intial $450 reward was about to increase when Millie was returned.
Although the family is unsure of what happened to Millie, she was returned with cuts and scabs all over her belly, face and neck. "She definitely was at least neglected or abused, I'm thinking she was used to fight," said Lana, referring to the practice of using dogs as bait in illegal dog fighting. Although nervous and shaken up, Lana said Millie appears happy to be home.
Hutchinson police say the investigation into Millie's disappearance will continue.
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