Stolen St. Louis support dog returns home after more than a mont -

Stolen St. Louis support dog returns home after more than a month

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

A support dog that alerts a local man before he goes into epileptic seizures is back home.

Maddie was missing for more than a month. She disappeared Oct. 4.

Maddie warns her owner Jamie Stitt when he is about to have a seizure.

Karen Newman is Stitt's caretaker and ex-wife. Newman says she received a strange phone call Thursday morning.

The caller asked Newman if she had been missing a white dog. Newman said yes, answered a few more of the caller's questions, and then the caller said "I believe I have your dog."

The caller, who identified herself as Sheila, said she found Maddie in her daughter's apartment.

Sheila told Newman that her daughter is in jail. She also revealed that Maddie's collar was found in a box in the apartment.

Newman went to a neighborhood in Jennings to get Maddie back.

News 4 went to the house, but the woman who answered the door said she was not interested in commenting on the matter.

When Maddie first disappeared, Newman covered the area with "missing dog" flyers, contacted vets and groomers and contacted News 4.

The flyers offered a $200 reward. Newman told the woman in Jennings she would give her that money if she would give her information about where Maddie had been for more than a month.

Newman said Sheila declined to give up any information and declined the $200. But Newman said in the end, the details don't really matter. All that matters is that Maddie is home.

"I'm beyond grateful that she's back," Newman said. "It's hard to believe... [I'm] just beyond grateful."

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