We reported on Friday how a family in Cardiff had been the victims of crime when their two adult British Bull Dogs, and the litter of seven puppies, were stolen from a kennel in their garden. The dogs were worth a combined £20,000, and the family had already taken £2,000 deposits on each of the seven puppies, so owed £14,000 back to the would-be purchasers.
However the story has a happy ending, as thieves have returned the seven puppies and two adult dogs, obviously after hearing that the family weren’t professional dog breeders, having had their first litter of puppies.
Trevor Dean received a phone call on Friday night telling him to visit a pub car park in Caerphilly, where he found the dogs safe and well. Trevor is convinced that the dogs were returned to him, his wife Michelle and their young son, after the publicity the story received last week.
I got a phonecall at about 1330 BST on Friday and someone told me to meet them up at the Traveller’s Rest on the Wenallt and they would give me my dogs back.
So I drove up there straight away and there they were.
I’ve taken them to the vets and they’ve all been given a clean bill of health and they haven’t been harmed.
The thieves must have realised that they weren’t going to be able to sell them on because everyone knew about the theft.
Everyone in Cardiff knew about it and breeders as far away as Carmarthen and right across south Wales knew as well.
I’m very lucky and I can’t really believe I’ve got them back.
The couple’s five year old son Joseph was heartbroken about the theft of the dogs, and had experienced nightmares about them being stolen. He is overjoyed that the dogs have been returned.
My boy woke up screaming this morning because he’d been having nightmares about the dogs being stolen.
But when he came back from school and I told him the dogs were back he was over the moon.