‘Stolen dog’ missing for months after thieves raided house returned to family

A beloved pet dog who went missing for three months after she was apparently stolen during a house raid has been reunited with her loving family.

Peggy, a black Patterdale Terrier, was one of two dogs who were allegedly snatched in a raid on a house in College Terrace in Darfield, Barnsley, on November 10 last year YorkshireLive reports.

A few months later, the Barnsley South Neighbourhood Team were carrying out enquiries with West Yorkshire Police when an officer spotted a familiar-looking dog.

Barnsley South neighbourhood 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!

“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 person has been charged with burglary in connection to this incident, South Yorkshire Police have since confirmed.

They also warned that during the Covid-19 pandemic dog thefts have increased across the UK and officers are urging everyone with a dog to be vigilant to ensure their dog’s safety.

According to police, dog thefts can often be linked to organised crime groups as a way of making money as the demand for dogs has significantly increased.

Advice from South Yorkshire Police:

  • 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.
  • 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(s) in a safe place. Include clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog, making a note of any unusual markings.

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