Mary Roberts wraps her arms tightly around her best friend and smiles. “I really did not think I’d get to see her again,” she said. Roberts stands in a field more than 1000 miles from home, holding her beloved Terrier mix named Maggie for the first time after three years of uncertainty and heartbreak.
Roberts said she believed that a former acquaintance had lost the dog, and after months passed with no sign of her, she began to lose hope. “I spent many nights crying when she was taken,” she said. Roberts had not microchipped her pet and feared that there was little chance of seeing her again. Statistically speaking, that assumption would normally prove correct, but an amazing coincidence brought Maggie home.
Roberts received a chance phone call from the Fort Worth police last week regarding a former friend who was accused of running from officers after crashing his truck and killing another motorist. They were hoping she might know his whereabouts. She did not, but she learned that officers had made a surprising discovery when they reported to the accident scene: sitting in the truck was Maggie.
Maggie had not been lost after all – she had been abducted. “We had befriended this person, hung with him for awhile,” she told News 8. “Then, one day, he just took off…and took the dog!”
Thrilled at the news of Maggie’s recovery, Roberts drove all the way from Arizona to Texas to claim her. She feared that her dog may have forgotten her with the passage of time, but that fear would prove unfounded. Maggie was elated to see her, and wiggled with delight in her arms, barking and kissing her owner.
“She was so excited! I didn’t think she would remember me after that length of time, I really didn’t,” Roberts said.
Roberts and Maggie are headed back to Arizona, but they are not alone: joining them is a new friend they made after their reunion – a tiny pug that was also found in the the mangled wreckage of the truck. Roberts thanked the people responsible for reuniting her with Maggie as she prepared her passengers for the journey home. “I’m so thankful to the dog control people. They were so nice,” she said.
The man accused of stealing Maggie, Dale Morgan, is in jail and faces multiple charges, including intoxication assault manslaughter, and aggravated assault against a public servant.