Knox the dog, Courtesy Erica Mays and Kaitlyn Thomas
Knox the dog, Courtesy Erica Mays and Kaitlyn Thomas

The owners of Knox, a 3-year-old pit bull taken during a Wednesday break-in, are rejoicing after they found their canine companion outside their Remington home late last night.

Yesterday, city police sent out a release that said someone had ransacked a house in the 200 block of W. 27th Street in Remington on Wednesday sometime between 9 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Kaitlyn Thomas, a foster coordinator at the Maryland SPCA, and her partner returned home that evening to find a mess in her house and their dog, Knox, missing. His leash and harness had been taken.

Almost immediately, they created a Facebook page for the rescue effort and put up flyers announcing a reward for his safe return. The community responded, raising more than $8,000 to a GoFundMe page to help the owners with their reward.

However, it appears handing out that money won’t be necessary. Late last night, Knox’s owners posted on Facebook that they found him tied up to a tree half a block away from their house. “HE IS HOME!!!” they wrote. “Thank you so much to this community and to all of his supporters for everything you have done to make this happen. Whoever had him knew they were on borrowed time and gave up.”

There’s no news on who returned him, but Knox’s owners did write last night that he was seen with a group of teenagers and was known to be near Greenmount Avenue and 33rd Street. Police haven’t announced any arrests in the case.

Knox’s return is being celebrated by many. The Maryland SPCA noted on its Facebook page that he comes from their shelter and has helped staff with their animal training and behavior classes. He also works in schools in a program that teaches children to “build positive attitudes towards animals,” according to the shelter.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...