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Carjacked and dogjacked, she gets one back

JoJoAn Easton woman was reunited with her dog today, but not her car, after losing both to carjackers earlier this week.

Amy Gaffney, 46, says she rolled down her window to ask for directions from two young men in west Baltimore when one of them reached in and grabbed her Lhasa Apso-poodle mix, Jojo.

When she jumped out of her car to try and get her dog back, someone else jumped in and drove the car away. In only about a minute, both her dog and car had disappeared from sight.

Gaffney filed a police report and got a ride back to Easton, according to the Baltimore Sun.

At about 2 a.m. the next night, Melissa Garland found a dog wandering the street in west Baltimore. She coaxed the dog out from under a car and took him home. The next morning dropped the dog off at the Maryland SPCA.

Gaffney, meanwhile, had called the SPCA that morning to file a missing dog report. SPCA staff alerted her that her dog had been found, and she arrived to pick it up this morning.

“His tail was wagging like crazy and he was kissing me,” Gaffney says. “I was crying and so happy.”

After the story appeared in the Sun, several readers questioned what the Easton woman might have been up to in that section of the city — and some even went to the trouble of looking up her criminal record, which includes some drug charges.

As the Sun’s blog, “Unleashed” points out today, Gaffney admits to some run-ins with the law, but it’s still a heartwarming story.

Maybe something less than thorough — newspaper management these days prohibits reporters from that luxury —  but still slightly heartwarming.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 20, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I always felt a bit mean making the Beagle ride in the back seat. Now I think it might not be such a bad idea. Anybody know if there are ways to secure a dog in a moving car?

Comment from 2pugsinapod
Time August 21, 2009 at 9:14 am

I have doggie seatbelts. It’s a harness with a strap that hooks into your seat belt snap. Google dog seat belt. They work great for me.

Comment from MCG
Time August 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm

What the article doesn’t mention is that Ms. Gaffney has a long rap sheet- including numerous drug arrests.

This isn’t some naive country girl who got swallowed up by the mean streets of Baltimore. People who live on the Eastern Shore of MD don’t drive 75 miles to Baltimore just to wire money at Western Union (as she claimed she was doing). She could have just driven to her local Giant or Food Lion if she really needed a Western Union.

Comment from TLM
Time August 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

If anyone reached in my truck, my dog would eat them. Maybe its a “western” thing – most dogs out here think they own the truck and woe to any idiot that tries to mess with it.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Oh, so the plot thickens. I guess Rule #1 is: Buy your illegal drugs from a better class of people. I’ve lived in big, bad Baltimore for almost 30 years. Last spring the dog and I were sitting in the car outside an auto parts store waiting for my husband to buy a new brake light. I saw an odd transaction taking place half a block away between a person in a car that pulled up and a person who emerged from a business across the street. It wasn’t until two days later–far to late to call the cops–that I realized just what I’d seen. I reproached myself for being an idiot and suggested to my husband that we use a suburban auto parts store in the future.

Comment from michelle
Time November 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Bullys are the best. You treat them good theyll treat you good. Pits are verry loyal loving animals. The best friend youll ever find, and they make you feel safe, not to mention how sexy they look too!!!