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Deaf puppy stolen from Baltimore County couple

Ten days have gone by since a Baltimore County couple had their 13-week-old deaf puppy stolen during a burglary, and they continue to pass out fliers, raise money for a reward and hope that Thor will be returned unharmed.

"That's our family," said Mike Lenhart. "We want our family back."

On March 13, Anna Hiken returned to her Timonium apartment to find it ransacked. Missing was a 55-inch flat screen television, a PlayStation 3, a MacBook Pro, other electronics and Thor, the puppy Lenhart had gotten her just before Valentine's Day.

Hiken, 20, a Towson University nursing student, and Lenhart, 25, a manager at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, adopted the puppy from a family off of Craigslist but only learned about the dog's disability several days later when they saw that the puppy would not respond to his name or commands.

The mostly white puppy with black specks on his pink nose and ears that stay folded together above his head was taken from his crate, and the couple worries the dog might be abandoned or mistreated because he is deaf.

"It's been really hard," said Hiken, adding that she remains fearful coming home alone since the incident.

Baltimore County police confirmed they are investigating the burglary, which took place in the 2400 block of Chetwood Circle. Police believe the suspect or suspects got into the couple's apartment through their rear sliding glass door sometime between 3:45 p.m. and 11:27 p.m., Baltimore County police Corp. John Wachter said. Police did not release any more information.

Lenhart said he thinks police may know who has Thor. On Sunday, someone called him at home using a Magic Jack internet telephone system saying he had the couple's dog and was willing to return it. The male on the other line, who Lenhart said sounded like a teen, offered to bring the dog to them but Lenhart — worried about safety — said he would come get the dog instead.

The caller provided the address to a home nearby. But when Lenhart showed up a woman said she did not have the dog.

Lenhart said he turned the information over to police.

"We got a pretty good solid lead," he said.

The couple hopes detectives will catch a break, and they are raising reward money on a "help find thor!!" website for information leading to the dog's return. As of Sunday evening, the website had collected $575 toward a goal of $1,000. If the couple doesn't get their dog back, they said the money will be donated to an organization that helps deaf dogs.

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