Stolen dog reunited with his family – eight years after being taken from the front yard | UK News

A stolen dog has been reunited with her family – eight years after she was taken from the front yard.

Moving footage from Sussex Police captured the moment Cassie saw its owners for the first time since 2013.

The Cocker Spaniel was not alone and was accompanied by three puppies believed to be hers.

Cassie’s family had been warned that she may be a different dog than the one they remember, but she now thrives in her rightful home.

Cassie's family described her return as one
Cassie’s family described her return as an ‘invaluable Christmas present’. Photo: Sussex Police

Her family said: “We are so grateful to have our Cassie back home – eight years since she was separated from her. Cassie has settled in really well and enjoys her daily walks with the dog.

“As for three puppies, they have all traveled to good homes and love their new family life.”

With the help of the RSPCA, officers found Cassie safe after a series of raids in November – triggered by a tip from a member of the public.

Cassie’s family described her return as an “invaluable Christmas present” – adding that it gives hope to others who have had their dogs lost or stolen.

Simple Precautions For Pet Owners To Take

According to Sussex Police, it is “extremely rare” for dogs to be stolen, and “simple precautions” can help keep pets safe.

Families are encouraged to microchip their dogs and keep an updated picture that can be shared if their furry friend disappears.

The microchip company and the police should also be informed.

Cassie was accompanied by three puppies believed to be hers.  Photo: Sussex Police
Cassie was accompanied by three puppies believed to be hers. Photo: Sussex Police

Sussex Police Crime Inspector Oliver Fisher said: “We recognize the impact a stolen pet can have on a family, which is why part of the team’s job is to investigate stolen dogs.

“In recent months, we have found stolen dogs and also helped the RSPCA seize puppies kept under appalling conditions in puppy farms.”

Pet theft becomes “widespread” during pandemics

There has been an increase in Britons owning pets as a companion during the coronavirus pandemic, but Sussex police say this has led to an increase in criminals stealing animals to resell or breed.

Insp Fisher added: “I would encourage anyone considering buying a puppy to think carefully about who they are buying from. Insist on seeing the home where the puppies and mother are kept.

“Does the mother look healthy? Are the conditions acceptable? Potential buyers who close their eyes to irresponsible breeders not only perpetuate the animals’ ailments, but risk buying a puppy with significant health problems that can be expensive to treat and sometimes fatal.”

The RSPCA said the theft of pets has become “widespread”, but having them neutered can make them less desirable for breeding – and owners should ensure that their homes and gardens are secured with locked gates.

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