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81-year-old man heartbroken after suffering every dog owner's worst nightmare

Dog-napping stories are becoming far too familiar. But, thankfully, this one had a happy ending when a man was reunited with his dog three months after it was stolen.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 01/06/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 03/06/2021, 15:58

Three months ago, Keith Fetches experienced every dog owner's worst nightmare. The 81-year-old woke up to see that some heartless person had stolen his three Springer Spaniels

Two of the pups - Jazz and Robbie - were found a few days later. An unwitting member of the public who'd bought the dogs contacted police after reading about Keith's story in the local newspaper.

A dog owner's worst nightmare

But two-year-old Keedy was still missing. Keith and his family launched a huge social media campaign to find him. Thousands of people shared the story, but three months passed without so much as a sighting, 

And then, just as he was about to lose hope, Keith got the phone call he'd been waiting for. Keedy was safe, and he was on his way home.

Keedy turned up at a vet surgery in Canterbury, Kent.  A member of the public bought the dog in good faith after seeing an advert on social media. They then took it for a check-up, where a scan of Keedy's microchip revealed his true owner.

Keith says he's 'over the moon' to have his three dogs back together again. And Keedy seems unfazed by the incident. In fact, it's like he's never been away. 

"Keedy has settled back in really well and seems to be very happy. He looks like he has a smile on his face," said Keith. "I'm sure he's as happy to be back as I am to have him. It's wonderful to have them all back again. They're part of the family."

Protect your pooch from dog thieves

Keith has now installed additional security measures to keep the pups safe, including CCTV and alarms on the kennels. 

Dog theft in the UK: Why it's rising and how to prevent it

This story had the ending we all wanted, but many more don't. So always keep a close on your dogs. And if you haven't already, get them microchipped ASAP. All dogs must be microchipped by law, and it's one of the best ways to reunite owners with missing pets.