Linda The Dog Back Home; Thief Still On The LooseBy Susan Richard

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Linda, a dog stolen from a porch in Corona, Queens has been found safe.

The dog was reunited with her family after someone called police saying they had spotted Linda alone in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and recognized her from flyers that were put up around the neighborhood.

1010 WINS was the first to report the theft, which occurred on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 on the front porch of a home on Junction Boulevard just before 3 p.m.

Linda belongs to the family of Emily Feliberty, who told 1010 WINS her parents were in town visiting from Florida, when the door was accidentally left open and the dog got out.  The theft was caught on surveillance video which shows Linda on the porch for mere seconds, when a woman opens the gate, scoops up the dog and walks off.

The video has been viewed and shared thousands of time on Facebook. Watch below:

On the Facebook page “Save Linda“, Feliberty posted a photo (see above). She wrote, “My family is beyond ecstatic. We cannot express how grateful we are for each and every one of you who shared our story and continued to pray for her and for our family during this difficult time. May you each be forever blessed.”  She also spoke briefly to 1010 WINS’ Susan Richard saying her phone has been “ringing off the hook” and that after hardly sleeping for nearly five weeks, she is elated to have Linda back safe.  She adds that the dog is in good shape and they are now making plans to reunite Linda with her parents in Florida. (Update: According to a Facebook post on Wednesday, August 17, Feliberty says Linda was checked out by a veterinarian and was given a clean bill of health.)

Feliberty notes that the 110th Precinct continues to investigate as there is still no arrest.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.