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Minnie’s return comes at price
6:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
THE owners of a dog that disappeared from near their Bosbury home a month ago have paid to have the dog returned to them.
Minnie the chihuahua vanished from near the Tennant family home at Morton Cottages.
From the start, father Jonathan Tennant suspected the little dog had been stolen.
Mr Tennant reported the matter, but police were unable to find the dog, so he decided to mount his own search.
The family put out an appeal on Facebook, and contacted everyone they could think of in the search for Minnie.
They enlisted the help of Hereford-based pet detective Tom Watkins of Animal Search UK, and children Evie, aged eight, Harvey, six, and Molly 14, created a video calling for the return of the family pet, which they posted on the internet.
But it was a network of contacts that brought in the information that Minnie was in the hands of people in the Merthyr area of South Wales.
Mr Tennant got in touch with them, and after negotiations, he bought the dog back from them.
He said: “We’re delighted to have her back. I always thought Minnie had been stolen, and thanks to our network of contacts, we were able to find out who had her, get in touch with them and buy her back.
We’re grateful to everyone who helped us.”
However, a West Mercia Police spokesman warned people against taking a similar route.
She said: “If you have evidence that your pet has been stolen then the police can investigate this. If there is no evidence then we can’t record a theft and can’t investigate a crime.
“I would hope that if someone is holding a person’s pet to ransom the owners would contact the police.”
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