President Warren Harding’s stolen dog collar

MARION, Ohio (AP) – A radio station serving the hometown of US President Warren G. Harding in Ohio says an award offered by one of its listeners gives new hope of finding a long-lost dog collar stolen from his historic home.

Scott Spears, host of a morning radio show on WWGH-FM in Marion, near the birthplace of the 29th president, said the donor of the $ 1,000 award had asked to remain anonymous. Spears informed listeners of the offer on “Now With Scott Spears” last week.

He said the station had deposited the money at a local bank and would act as a go-between for any advice offered to solve the mystery.

The antique necklace belonged to Harding’s Airedale Terrier. It was the only thing stolen from his home on a Tuesday in 2012. A guard found a ladder leaning against a second story window. This sparked speculation that the thief had previously visited the house and knew where to look for the necklace.

Made in 1923, the collar bears the dog’s name, “Laddie Boy,” engraved in raised letters surrounded by hearts.

Elizabeth J. Harless