Aug. 18, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
Linda the Yorkie, stolen from the front steps of a North Corona home last month, was found in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this week and is in the process of being returned to her owners.
A man recognized the dog from posters around town and social media when he spotted the pooch in the park, according to Emily Filiberty, the daughter of Linda’s owners who were in town visiting her when Linda was taken.
Linda was stolen on July 13, and when she went missing, Filiberty and her parents launched a social media campaign to get her back, using the hashtag #SaveLinda. They hung fliers, made a Facebook page, and went to the media in search of their beloved pet, and 34 days later it paid off when Linda was returned on Tuesday night.
A surveillance camera caught a dark-haired woman in an Armani Exchange t-shirt and blue jean shorts opening the gate to Filiberty’s steps, taking Linda, and closing the gate behind her, leaving with the dog, though the police have been unable to identify her as of yet.
Filiberty said that since Linda was returned, “It’s been a party in my house everyday. All of my relatives have come to visit; she’s kind of a celebrity at this point. Everyone has to see in person that it’s really her.”
Filiberty credits the wide reach of social media for Linda’s return, and said she was grateful to everyone who shared the story on Facebook and kept Linda in their thoughts. Her parents are working to make arrangements to come pick up Linda to bring her home.
It is unknown where Linda has been for the last month.