- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2001

Montgomery County police have reunited a Rockville woman with her stolen Siberian husky service dog.
Customs officials intercepted the dog, named Bailey, and apprehended Patrick Lynn Taylor, 31, at Logan International Airport in Boston about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday as they were disembarking from a flight that originated in Canada.
Bailey has lost a few pounds but otherwise seems fine, owner Kellee Valinski said. "Ive just spent the day enjoying her," she said last night. "Shes here with me right now."
The spayed 3 1/2-year old female husky was reunited with Miss Valinski later Wednesday night after a flight from Boston to Washington on American Airlines, police said.
Taylor is being held in a Massachusetts jail awaiting extradition to Montgomery County, where he is expected to be charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary and grand and petty larceny. He is suspected of breaking into Miss Valinskis King Farm apartment and taking Bailey, pictures of the dog, and her harness and leash.
The suspect, whom Montgomery County Detective Sally Blundon had focused on for weeks, had been traveling with the dog, police said. Miss Valinski said she had been "close" to the suspect about two years ago.
Massachusetts State Police Sgt. John Flynn said Taylor has a criminal record. He said Taylor, 31, gave his occupation as personal trainer and his address as Smith Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Taylor told police in Massachusetts he had bought the dog when she was 6 months old and that he had asked Miss Valinski to take care of her while he traveled, Sgt. Flynn said.
Taylors story conflicts with what Miss Valinski said, Sgt. Flynn said.
Officer Louise Marthens said Montgomery County police expect Taylor to arrive in Montgomery County within a few days. He faces a combined penalty of 391/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,500 if found guilty on all charges.
Miss Valinski and Bailey had been separated for more than six weeks since she came home March 26 and found her Gaithersburg apartment door unlocked and the dog and items missing.
Bailey is trained to help the 35-year-old legal secretary cope with fibromyalgia, a chronic rheumatic disorder distinguished by stiffness and pain in muscles and connective tissue.
Fibromyalgia sufferers frequently face fatigue ranging from feeling tired to flulike exhaustion. But Miss Valinski told The Washington Times in an interview last month that Baileys need for walks encouraged her to get the exercise she needs to manage the illness.
Miss Valinski said the husky even anticipated her migraine headaches and would lick her ears to warn her one was coming.


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