ELYRIA — Maggie Mae is back home.
Two days after Elyria resident Victoria Donovan said her dog possibly was stolen Tuesday out of her car while she was undergoing tests at EMH Elyria Medical Center, she found her beloved young mixed-breed King Charles spaniel on Cambridge Avenue.
“I received hundreds of phone calls from people who said they were looking for her,” Donovan, 47, said Thursday afternoon. “Then, someone called to say she was wandering around Cambridge Avenue. I went there and, sure enough, she was hiding between two houses on the street.”
Donovan said she never will know for sure how her dog got out of the car. She might have been taken and then abandoned by someone once Maggie Mae’s picture hit the front page of The Chronicle-Telegram on Thursday and the Internet, or she managed to squeeze out of the small opening Donovan left in her car’s back window.
“I don’t really care. I am just overwhelmed and happy,” Donovan said. “I took her home, fed her good, gave her a bath and put a little pair of her pajamas on. She made a bed at the foot of my bed and fell asleep for three hours.”
Donovan also has three other companion dogs — Colby, Shadow and Baxter.
The dogs are her main source of relief as she deals with health issues and treatment at Mercy Cancer Center. Doctors believe she may have advanced-stage cancer but are waiting on test and biopsy results to confirm a diagnosis. In the meantime, she said she finds comfort in her dogs.
While Maggie Mae was missing, Donovan was overcome with emotion each time someone said the dog’s name. and all she could do was clutch Maggie Mae’s favorite toy.