Lowell woman reunited with stolen dog

Posted: 12/25/13 at 5:15 pm EST      Last Updated: 12/26/13 at 10:41 am EST

LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) -- Just minutes after 72-year-old Norma Von Fricken went into her Lowell church to drop off some Christmas decorations she went outside to find her car stolen along with her dog inside it.

After more than a week without her pet she was reunited with her dog Luke.

“It was like someone stuck a knife in my heart, that's really how it felt,” Von Fricken said.

She held to her faith though, hoping and praying she would be reunited with her dog.

“I said I’m going to talk to St. Anthony with my heart and soul and whole being and I’m going to reach him,” she said.

She credits a prayer to St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost and stolen articles for her dogs return.

Monday Norma got the call; her six year old rat terrier was safe.

Someone had left him outside of a police station in Boston the very day he was stolen.

“So apparently the fella who took off with my car did have a heart. He dropped him off at one of the police stations in my stolen vehicle mind you!” she said.

The two were reunited at a Boston animal shelter.

“I said ‘Luke!’ and he just jumped into my arms,” Von Fricken said.

As for the car; she is pretty forgiving.

“Take the car, you must have needed it really bad, apparently more than me,” she said.

Von Fricken IS just thankful to have her best friend safe in her arms.

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