Facebook campaign sees puppy stolen from Erith reunited with distraught owner

June Gosling is reunited with Cookie.

Stolen dog, Cookie.

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A thrilled Erith dog owner has been reunited with her stolen puppy - who she thought she had lost forever.

Cookie - a six-month-old Staffordshire mastiff American bulldog cross bitch - was taken from her home address in Neptune Walk on May 14.

Owner, June Gosling had left Cookie inside her house at 9am but when she returned at 2pm Cookie was missing.

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Ms Gosling posted an appeal on Facebook for anyone who had seen Cookie to contact her ad received several messages to say that her beloved pet had been seen with a man on Picardy Street, Belvedere.

On May 20 Met Police officers spotted a man with a dog that looked like Cookie on the road - the dog was taken to a local vet where her microchip revealed that it was Cookie.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and is currently on bail whilst police continue with their investigation.

Cookie was immediately reunited with her thrilled owner who said: "I am over the moon to be reunited with my baby cookie - she is family too me, it was like loosing a child. 

"It was the worst week of my life and I had almost given up hope."

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Acting Sergeant Chris Molnar, from Belvedere Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "This is a lovely story that shows that social media, when used correctly, can give us huge assistance with investigating an allegation of crime."

From April 6 2016 the law is changing and people who keep dogs as pets must have them micro-chipped.

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6:54pm Wed 21 May 14

Virtual-Monster says...

Responsible owner gets beloved pet dog micro chipped and gets dog returned after theft. That's clear advice for dog owners - micro chipping does work!
Responsible owner gets beloved pet dog micro chipped and gets dog returned after theft. That's clear advice for dog owners - micro chipping does work! Virtual-Monster
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12:57pm Thu 22 May 14

Grant2436 says...

A big thank you to the Police and Parkvets
A big thank you to the Police and Parkvets Grant2436
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