Poppy, a six month old cocker spaniel, was stolen from her home in East Haddon on the 21st September. A massive social media campaign was initiated with thousands upon thousands of humans sharing the posts and keeping an eye out for any sightings.
Yesterday, following information via social media, Northants police visited an address in Northampton where Poppy was found safe and well.
Poppy was returned home last night. Mum, Gilly said: “We’re so pleased to have her home, she has been reunited with our other dog Tumble and they spent a large part of last night running round excitedly together.
Mum added “I would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal online, it was through the power of social media that we have got Poppy back and I can’t say thank you enough. I also want to thank the police for taking us seriously when we reported Poppy’s theft, and for all they have done to find her.”
We are over the moon to have Poppy home where she belongs. I was bowled over at the sight of the police officers bringing her to the door, emotionally and nearly physically by our other dog Tumble when he saw her and wanted to get to her!
The last 10 days have really opened our eyes to how prevalent dog theft is, and in turn how hard organisations work to get these stolen dogs reunited with their owners.
It was a comfort to know that Poppy was microchipped and that all her details were up to date. With 90% of chipped dogs being reunited with their owners this really kept us going when we could have thought there was no hope.
Fortunately for us we are nation of dog lovers and this has been made so clear to us in the last 10 days.
We cannot thank everyone enough. For all the people who liked, shared and commented on our posts, to all the leads we were sent and of course our local community police who took the case so seriously. We are so grateful to everyone.
Poppy has been checked over by her vet at Weedon Vets and been given a clean bill of health. Apart from being a little on edge for an hour or so in the evening she is just happy to be home with her friend Tumble and enjoying her walks.
The power of social media has been huge and it is so refreshing to see it being used in a positive way.
Poppy is a very lucky little dog to be home and has even been offered the juiciest of bones by our local butcher’s Sauls of Spratton!
I love a happy yappy ending. Woofs Frodo
An investigation by Northants Police into her disappearance is on-going and officers would like to speak to anyone who may have any information about the incident.