TIMONIUM,Md. - Thor is home.
The months old, deaf pit bull puppy was returned home to his Timonium family this week, 19 days after he was stolen in a burglary.
“I’m almost at a loss of words still,” Mike Lenhart, Thor’s owner, said.
Lenhart’s home in the 2400 block of Chetwood Circle was broken into on March 13. Burglars stole high-priced electronics includes a flat screen television, Playstation 3 game console and a MacBook Pro laptop computer.
It was Thor who Lenhart and his girlfriend Anna Hiken missed the most.
“We definitely had doubts,” Lenhart said.
Lenhart said he was contacted by a West Baltimore man who claimed he had Thor in his possession.
“The first words out of his mouth were 'I have your dog',” Lenhart said, recalling a conversation from about a week ago.
Lenhart said a coordinated police effort brought his dog home.
Baltimore County police spokeswoman Julia Hargrove, speaking on behalf of Cpl. John Wachter, said the department was unable to comment further or confirm Lenhart’s account due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Thor’s all-white coat was a little sullied by dirt or mud, Lenhart said.
“It seems like he was kept outside,” Lenhart added.
But the pit bull pup with noticeable folded ears fell immediately back into rhythm.
“He saw the food bowl and knew exactly what that meant,” Lenhart said.
The Timonium couple started the Go Fund Me crowd-funding page “help find thor!! ” to raise a $1,000 reward to bring the Valentine’s Day puppy home. Two groups matched the reward, which was upped to $2,000.
“It was a humongous group effort,” Lenhart said.
Part of the money donated by the groups will go back to its donors, while the $1,270 raised by the Go Fund Me page will be earmarked by Lenhart and Hiken for a charitable group that likely deals in pit bull rescue or support.