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Family of dog stolen and used by puppy farmer for years get shock of their lives

Family shot with Bonnie, the lost spaniel dog-happy
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A couple from Durham have found their beloved dog after it was stolen six years ago. Vets believe the dog was stolen to be used as a breeding bitch at a puppy farm.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 27/11/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

News of Bonnie’s find was unexpected. Simon and Caroline Hall were devastated when, in 2014, their beloved Spaniel was stolen. After a desperate search of the neighbourhood and constant scanning of websites for a dog that bore a resemblance to Bonnie, the Halls admitted defeat.

Last week, one day before Bonnie’s 10th birthday, the couple received a call out of the blue from a dog pound in Fenland, Cambridgeshire. Warden Caroline Trigg told Mr and Mrs Hall that she believed she had Bonnie in her care after a scan of the dog’s microchip.

The chip saves the day, again

The dog had been rescued after being discovered roaming stray in the local area.

On hearing the news, Mrs Hall told The Mirror, “We just can't believe it. It was only a couple of years ago that I gave up hope but I was still checking all the lost dog sites.

“It's all a bit surreal.

“We'll now take her back home and introduce her to our other dog, Jessie, and just have a quiet night in front of the fire.”

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Puppy farm horror

Vets at Terrington St John Veterinary Centre were of the opinion that Bonnie had been stolen and used as a mating bitch by an unscrupulous puppy farmer. They performed an emergency hysterectomy shortly after Bonnie was brought in.

Check the video of Bonnie’s return here:



Posted by Rob Groves on Monday, November 23, 2020

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