April 19, 2014

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Ailing woman’s companion back home

Maggie Mae was taken from Vicky Donovan's car Tuesday afternoon at EMH Elyria Medical Center. PHOTO PROVIDED

Maggie Mae was found Thursday after she was missing for two days. PHOTO PROVIDED

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.”

Vicky Donovan dogs Shadow, left, and Baxter haven't left Donovan's side since her other dog, Maggie Mae, was taken. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vicky Donovan sits with her other dogs Shadow, left, and Baxter on Tuesday after she found Maggie Mae was missing. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

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.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

  • hottamomma

    probably someone who didnt want the dog stuck in the car by itself took it upon them self to let the dog out

    • Bob Sweatt

      Or since the window was open. The dog probably got on out on its own. Which makes sense, since the dog was found by itself.

  • adoresanimals

    I’m so happy for Victoria – I know how the love of a pet can heal. Best of luck to her in her battle with cancer.

  • teeky

    I’M VERY HAPPY FOR YOUR THAT YOUR BEAUTIFUL MAGGIE IS BACK HOME. GOD BLESS YOU