LOWELL -- In what could be considered a Christmas miracle, Luke, the missing rat terrier taken in a vehicle theft last weekend on Summer Street has been found.
The Lowell Humane Society confirmed they are working with the Lowell animal control department and the Boston police to reunite the dog with his rightful owner, Lowell resident Norma Von Fricken, 72, Monday afternoon.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Von Fricken left her car running on Summer Street outside Eliot Presbyterian Church to drop off some Christmas decorations. She said she didn't want her little 6-year-old dog to get cold, so she left him parked right out front for about five minutes with the keys in the ignition. When Von Fricken returned to the area, she found her car - a gray 1998 Honda Civic covered in bumper stickers - was gone with Luke inside, too.
This story will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available. Von Fricken left a message with The Sun newsroom confirming she was headed into Boston to pick up her pup.
Additionally, a missing pitbull reported missing this past weekend in Tewksbury was also reportedly returned. Samantha Halley, 24, said she believed her ex-boyfriend stole the dog Saturday night when her parents let the dog out into the fenced-in backyard area on Emily Drive. She said she saw footprints indicating the dog left the area with another person.
Lucc, a 2-year-old pitbull, was returned by an anonymous person according to Tewksbury police on Sunday. Tewksbury police continue to investigate whether someone stole Lucc or if the dog was lost on its own, according to Lt. Robert Stephens.
Rick Sobey contributed to this report.
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