A BELOVED pet dog has been reunited with its family – more than eight months after being stolen in Skegness.
Pocket the Chihuahua was taken while on a shopping trip with her owner on July 2 last year.
The incident was captured on CCTV with images showing an unknown man stealing the dog from outside a shop in Lumley Road where she was tethered.
Owner Jodie Carr, and her three children, aged 13, nine and three, of Station Road, Old Leake, were left ‘devastated’ and ‘crying themselves to sleep’ following the incident.
After eight long months, it seemed all hope was lost – but thanks to publicity in The Standard and police appeals spreading to social networking sites – Pocket’s notoriety meant she had become ‘hot property’.
“I didn’t believe it when I heard they had found her and just thought it was probably a different dog,” said Jodie, 32.
“We are so relieved to get her back, and it is like she has never been away.”
The fawn-coloured chihuahua was discovered last month tied to a lamp post in the Lincoln area.
She was picked up by a dog warden who scanned her microchip which contained the information about her true owners.
“We wouldn’t have got her back if it wasn’t for the microchip,” said Jodie.
She added: “I would recommend anyone who loves their pet gets it micro-chipped.”
Police believe the tiny dog was abandoned after the thief became concerned about all the attention her disappearance was generating.
Pcso Dave Bunker, of Skegness Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Everyone is delighted to hear that Pocket has been safely reunited with her family.”
He added: “We are very grateful to the websites and media who covered the story and to all the social media users who re-tweeted our appeals and helped spread the word about the theft.”