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Stolen Puppy Returned To Owner After Facebook Plea

Wednesday 21st May 2014

A stolen puppy has been returned to its owner after people replied to her plea on facebook, saying she'd been spotted just a few miles from her home.Cookie the dog. Picture: Met Police

June Gosling described her week without Cookie, a six-month-old Staffordshire mastiff American bulldog cross, as "the worst of my life".

Gosling returned to her house in Erith earlier this month to find the window wide open and Cookie missing.

After phoning the police, she posted a description of Cookie on facebook, asking if anyone had seen her to get in contact.

She received several messages saying a dog matching Cookie's description was seen around Picardy Street, Belvedere - just a few miles from her home.

Officers from Belvedere Safer Neighbourhood Team were alerted, and the following week, they spotted a man walking a dog that resembled Cookie in Belvedere. It was taken to a local vet and as it was microchipped, the dog was scanned, and revealed to be Cookie.

The man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, and Cookie was returned to her delighted owner.

She says: "Being reunited with her was an incredible relief - I won't be letting her out of my sight!"

Acting Sergeant Chris Molnar, from Belvedere Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "This is a lovely story that shows that social media, when used correctly, can give us huge assistance with investigating an allegation of crime"