‘Don’t attack people’s pets’: Dog owner thankful to be reunited with pup snatched off Boston street

BOSTON — There were extra kisses and cuddles just moments after Maura Howley was reunited with her dog Rose McNugget on Monday night.

“She’s a little tired I think, she had a big adventure today,” said Howley.

Rose was stolen from her neighborhood in Beacon Hill around noon Monday.

Several hours later, someone called Howley to let her know they spotted Rose walking down a street in Mattapan, so Howley jumped in an Uber and rushed across the city to find her.

“There were three gentlemen who had the dog in the car, I opened it up, and she jumped right in my arms, they just said they found her walking on the street, no questions asked and we were on our way, I said ‘thank you,” said Howley.

Rose was out with her dog walker when she was stolen.

“As most of us dog walkers do here in Beacon Hill because it’s a safe place, I parked the dogs on this fence right here, and then went to the next doorway to grab a dog,” said Dom Mariano, Rose’s dog walker.

Mariano says he had tied Rose to a pole with two other dogs at Mt. Vernon and Walnut Streets while he went to pick up a fourth dog, and that’s when someone snatched Rose and drove off in a blue Honda Civic.

“Weirdly enough they actually took the whole rig and everything, so it’s not just like they unclipped her real quick, they had to untie her from the other dogs to get her free,” said Mariano.

“I think it’s cruel, I don’t know why, I mean there’s so much going on in the world, don’t attack people’s pets, it’s just, you know, it’s just not right,” said Howley.

Howley still doesn’t know who stole her dog, but she’s just thankful to the community who helped share Rose’s photo until she was found.

“I hope they investigate it because no one should go through this, we have such a great community, the news has been tremendous, thank you,” said Howley.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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