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President’s dog collar stolen

MARION, Ohio – An antique dog collar belonging to former President Warren G. Harding’s beloved pet, Laddie Boy, has been stolen from the 29th president’s historic home in central Ohio.

Marion police said someone broke into the home Tuesday morning and took only the collar.

Harding used the collar for his Airedale terrier. It was made in 1923, and it has the dog’s name engraved on raised letters surrounded by hearts.

Officials said a groundskeeper found a ladder propped against a second-story window. They said they suspect the thief has visited the home before and knew where to look for the collar.

Police circulated images of the collar to see if it turns up in a store or on the Internet.