POTOMAC, Md. (WMAR) — A 4-year-old disabled boy and his support dog Macks are happily reunited after over three months apart.
Macks went missing on May 13 in the area of Cold Spring Road in Potomac, leaving the boy and his family distraught.
It was believed a landscaper working in the area may have picked Macks up and taken him.
The family went above and beyond to find Macks, getting the word out to news outlets and even offering a reward for his return.
Just as they were about to give up all hope, the family received a call from someone claiming to have Macks and seeking to collect the reward.
That's when Montgomery County Police stepped in to make sure the person's claim was legitimate.
On August 23 officers arranged a meeting with the individual and verified that they indeed had Macks, and reunited him with his family.
In a press release, police said they had a "strong desire" to bring Macks home; "Ensuring additional heartbreak did not occur to this young boy weighed heavy on the officers."
Police say the person who found Macks wished to remain anonymous.