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REUNITED: Owner over the moon after his stolen dog is returned

REUNITED: Owner over the moon after his stolen dog is returned

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An 81-year-old man said he's 'over the moon' after he was reunited with his pooch who was stolen from his home three months ago - and was found 250 miles away.

Keith Fetches was left heartbroken when his three springer spaniels were stolen from kennels just outside his rural Yorkshire home in an overnight raid back in February.

Yet thanks to an incredible social media campaign to find Keedy, Jazz, and Robbie - and a hunt that has spanned the length of the country - the dogs have finally returned home.

Jazz, nine, and Robbie, 15, were found in Lancashire just days after they were snatched, where they are believed to have been sold to unwitting buyers who turned the dogs in.

However, Keedy, two, was missing for the next three months - despite a tireless campaign on social media to find him, which left Keith on the verge of giving up.

But last week Keedy was brought back home to the village of Thornholme, near Driffield, after he was taken to a vet in Canterbury, Kent, by someone who had bought him on Facebook.

A scan of his microchip revealed his true ownership and the Fetches were contacted.

The retired lorry driver said: "I can't believe all three are back home, it's a miracle really. I'm over the moon.

"It's as if Keedy never left, he's settled back in really well and seems to be very happy.

"He looks like he has a smile on his face. I'm sure he's as happy to be back as I am to have him."

Keith said the last time he and his wife Liz saw their three pooches before they went missing was on the evening of February 11 before going to bed.

They woke up at around 6.30am the next morning to find their garden gate open and their outside kennels empty.

Keith said: "I was frozen in shock, I didn't know what to do. They were part of the family and had disappeared.”

He and Liz scoured the local area searching for any sign of their pets while a neighbour, Jo Milnes, set about launching a social media appeal to find the animals.

Thanks to the appeal, Robbie was found abandoned in Wigan on February 15 and just one day later Jo received a call from someone in Preston saying they had Jazz.

It's thought that person had purchased the pooch from another person, who was likely involved in the theft.

After being reunited with the two older dogs, Keith and Jo set about finding Keedy, however, their ongoing search proved difficult.

He said: "I shed many tears while Keedy was gone. I would sit in my chair and wonder where he was.

"It had been so long that I began giving up hope."

But on Wednesday, Keith got a call from a vet in Kent saying they had him.

The person who brought Keedy in had purchased him from Facebook for around shortly before but become concerned over the dog's behaviour.

The vet, after hearing about the purchase, checked the microchip and found he belonged to Keith and been reported missing.

Keith said: "I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

"When I found out Keedy was safe it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders. I was so relieved."

Now all three pooches are back at Keith and Liz's home, where they are said to be "getting on very well".

He said: "It's wonderful to have them all back again. They're part of the family."

The Fetches have now installed new security measures, including CCTV and alarms, on both the kennels and their bungalow.

Words: Joe Pagnelli, South West News Service


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