An emotional video shows a family reuniting with their dog, who was stolen from their garden eight years ago.
A heartwarming video shows the moment when a dog stolen from the front yard of a house eight years ago is finally reunited with her family.
Following a public tip, the Sussex Police Rural Crime Team – and other agencies, including the RSPCA – raided England in November to search for a stolen dog.
In what the family described as a “priceless Christmas present,” Cassie the cocker spaniel was found along with three puppies, two boys and one girl, who were believed to be hers.
In a video shared on social media that captures the moment Cassie returns home, the family was warned that she might not be the Cassie they remember when she was “wee”.
But it didn’t matter, the family wept with joy at the sight of their furry friend. Cassie wags her tail as she was showered in love.
“We’re so grateful that our Cassie is home after eight years since she was separated from her,” a family member said in a statement.
“Cassie has settled in very well and enjoys her daily dog walks.
“The three puppies have all gone to a good home and love their new family life.”
Sussex Police Department’s rural crime team inspector Oliver Fisher said there had been an increase in the number of people owning pets during the pandemic. This has led to an increase in the number of criminals who steal animals in order to resell or breed them.
“Excessive puppy prices have led unscrupulous individuals to breed dogs for profit,” he said.
“I urge anyone considering buying a puppy to think carefully about who they are buying from.”
Insp. Fisher warned people who want to buy a dog should insist on seeing the house where the pups and mother are kept.
“Prospective buyers who turn a blind eye to irresponsible breeders are not only perpetuating the suffering of the animals, but risking buying a puppy with significant health problems that can be expensive and sometimes fatal to treat,” he said.
Insp. Fisher said, however, that owners shouldn’t be afraid that their dogs will be stolen, as it is “extremely rare” and simple precautions can be taken.
The owners were advised:
● Have your pet microchipped and keep their details up to date;
● Have your pet neutered to make it less attractive for breeding;
● Make sure your home and garden are safe with the gates locked;
● Never leave your pet alone in a parked car or tethered outside a shop;
● Teach your pet a reliable recall and make sure they don’t stray too far when walking off the leash.