Boy receives $10,000 reward after returning missing dog to owners

A high school student has returned a missing puppy to a man who was a spokesman for former House Speaker John Boehner.

The 4-month-old Boston Terrier named Maggie belongs to Michael Steel and his wife, who offered $10,000 for the dog's return. Eighteen-year-old Rasheeda Smith returned the dog to the Washington couple after seeing television reports that the pet was missing.


Notable Republican Michael Steel, former press secretary to retired House speaker John Boehner and campaign adviser to Jeb Bush, along with wife Mary Kathryn, were happy to have their beloved pooch back home.

Mary Kathryn Steel says she and her husband gave Smith a check for the money that was promised.

According to source, the dog was stolen from Steel’s parked car this past weekend, dog-napped following a smash-and-grab.

“We pulled into a parking spot at 9th and K, behind Acadiana,” Steel told The Washingtonian. “We got out and walked around the grassy area where K meets New York. I put her back in her carrier in the car, went to grab a bite to eat, came back, and the passenger side window was smashed.”


Smith told the owners she found the dog inside her travel carrier near a Metro station and took the puppy home. Maggie had disappeared after Michael Steel's car was broken into.

“She is the sweetest, most adorable dog you’ve ever met,” Steel told Washington D.C. news station FOX5.

“We are so grateful . . . Maggie is home!!!” Mary Kathryn Steel said in an email to theWashington Post, adding that Smith was pleased with the reward. “She said that she would have a better prom with it!”


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