“It was surreal to see him again… he ran over and started licking my face”
The owner of a miniature dachshund stolen by a ruthless thief has been reunited with her pet-she said she was “moved” by the kindness of the people who helped her.
While she was sleeping upstairs, the five-month-old Roland was snatched from the woman’s house along with her car and handbag.
She was helped by Beauty’s Legacy, a voluntary group that helped lost and found animals reunite with their owners, and promoted the incident on social media.
Lisa Dean, the head of the charity, said: “After CCTV footage and various witnesses came forward, we received a call from a member of the public and found it from a property in Rochdale last night. This dog.”
The owner, who asked not to be named, said: “I feel overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and helpfulness.
“Thousands of people tried to get him back.
“Lisa is an absolute angel. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t let him come back.
“It was surreal to see him again. He ran over and started licking my face.
“I can’t believe I let him come back—I’m so happy.”
At about 5:39 on Monday morning, CCTV captured two men. The burglary occurred on Randolph Street in Levenshulme.
Roland fell asleep on the bed in the kitchen, and the woman’s black Peugeot and handbag were also snatched away.
After the burglary, she said: “They found the key in my handbag and took Roland away in my car.
“I didn’t hear anything. From the CCTV footage, everything was very fast.
“Roland fell asleep on the bed in the kitchen downstairs.
“I don’t even know what to think. It’s terrible.
“I just woke up this morning and thought it was weird that he was not there-then I couldn’t see him when I went downstairs.
“When I saw all the drawers and cabinets were open, I realized.”
Lisa said she was very happy to reunite the couple and she added: “Thank you so much for the public to come forward.
“It’s really relieved, I’m ecstatic for my master.
“She and Roland are exhausted, but after his ordeal, he doesn’t seem to be too bad.”
Lisa said that Roland’s owner suffered from anxiety and her mental illness had been “excluded.”
She said: “This is an invasion. Her life has been turned upside down.”
Roland’s owner said that she still did not dare to go home and live with her friends.