Taffy came home early today, with a written apology from her dognapper.
The 11-year-old bichon frise dog, stolen from her home near Catonsville in a Monday burglary, was recovered unharmed by her owners after the burglar called before dawn and directed them to a used-car lot in Remington.
Her owners, Pam and David Crandall, of the 5100 block of Edmondson Ave., were dumbfounded. The burglar, Mrs. Crandall said, "has a conscience."
"I apologize for stealing your dog," the burglar wrote on a torn envelope left with the dog in a pet carrier.
"It was out of order and totally out of my profession," he wrote. "I definitely can't return your property -- materials, that is. But I can return Taffy, which is something very loved and treasured in your family."
The burglar closed his note, "Respectfully, . . . Let's just say, 'Kind Hearted.' "
Taffy, who is nearly blind, is the poster dog for Baltimore's Pets on Wheels program. The Crandalls' telephone number was published yesterday in an Evening Sun story about the burglary.
The burglar, who took stereo equipment, a VCR, jewelry and frozen food along with Taffy, phoned the Crandalls at 5:15 a.m. and told them to look beside a yellow Volkswagen on the used-car lot at 29th Street and Remington Avenue.
About 6 a.m., they found Taffy in a cat carrier also stolen in the burglary. "It was right where he said it would be," Pam Crandall said.
At first, Crandall said, Taffy was "real subdued. . . . I just kept FTC holding her. I didn't want to put her down. . . . She's real dirty, but she looks fine."