‘Happy ending’: South Yorkshire Police reunite stolen dog with owners three months after burglary

A dog stolen in a burglary three months ago has been reunited with her owners thanks to South Yorkshire Police.

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 12:34 pm
A dog has been reunited with its owners after a burglary back in November

On November 10, 2020, officers responded to reports of a burglary on College Terrace in Darfield, where two dogs, including a black Patterdale Terrier called Peggy were stolen.

A few months later, members of Barnsley South Neighbourhood Policing Team were carrying out enquiries at a house in West Yorkshire Police when an officer spotted a familiar looking dog outside.

Sergeant Rebecca Fleming said: “Our officer spotted Peggy, recognising her from photos provided by the family, and with a little encouragement managed to get her into the back of the police car - it’s a daunting ride for anyone!

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“The officer took Peggy back to Darfield where her owner was able to identify her straight away.

“A little shaken from the ordeal Peggy eventually relaxed and realised she was back home where she was loved.

“We all love a happy ending!”

A 22 year old man has been charged with burglary in connection to the incident.

South Yorkshire Police added: “Dogs become part of your family and we understand the heartbreak it causes when they go missing or are stolen and will, where possible follow all lines of enquiries to ensure they are returned to their owners.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic dog thefts have increased across the UK. We are urging everyone with a dog to be vigilant to ensure their dog’s safety.

“Dog thefts can often be linked to organised crime groups as a way of making money as the demand for dogs has significantly increase.

“Please take steps to keep your dog safe and out of the hands of criminals.”

The force added: “Never leave your pet tied-up unattended, such as outside shops, make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag when in a public place, as you are now required to do by law.

“Ensure your dog can be permanently identified by its microchip and check with your vet every year that details are up to date.

“Keep all documentation relating to your dog in a safe place. Include clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog, making a note of any unusual markings.

“Use a registered boarding kennel or professional dog carer with documentation to this effect unless you know someone who is trustworthy that will care for your dog in your absence.

“Train your dog not to go out of your sight on walks, use an extending lead if the dog does not comply. Vary your walk times and routes.

“Beware of strangers who show interest in your dog: don’t give details about your dog, don’t allow strangers to have their photograph taken with your dog.

“Ensure your garden or yard is secure. Check it regularly for wear and tear or gaps. It should keep your dog in and trespassers out. Keep your dog in view when it goes out into the garden, don’t leave it unattended."

Anyone with information about dog thefts should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.