Ruby, a springer spaniel, with her owners in Ireland. Images: Facebook/An Garda Síochána

WATCH: Dog stolen last June finally reunited with owners

January 14th, 2021

A dog that was stolen last June has reunited with her owners in Ireland after being found by a good Samaritan in the United Kingdom.

Ireland’s National Police Service (An Garda Síochána) began searching for the springer spaniel named Ruby shortly after she went missing, as per its Facebook post on Jan. 11. As part of their effort, they made an appeal in the Garda Southern Region Facebook page but did not have any immediate leads.

Her owners, Bernard and Liz Ahern, had no luck tracking her down as well, since Ruby’s microchip was removed after being taken away, the Cork Beo reported.

Fortunately, an eagle-eyed lady (name withheld) in the U.K. spotted the notice. The woman saw Ruby being sold on a local website and contacted the police.

“With the assistance of Somerset Police, Ruby was recovered and made the some 50 [kilometer] journey via Rosslare back to Midleton in time for Christmas,” the Ireland team said.

The department also shared a video of Ruby’s heartwarming reunion with her family.

Gardaí have reunited stolen dog "Ruby" with her family in Midleton, Co. Cork after being found in the UK.In June 2020, Detective Gardaí in Midleton received a report that a springer spaniel had been stolen from her kennel in the greater Midleton area. Detectives began investigating and an appeal was made via the Garda Southern Region Facebook page in an attempt to find her. The post was viewed by nearly 100,000 people and was spotted by an eagle eyed lady in the UK. The lady then made contact after she had seen Ruby was up for sale on a website in the UK. With the assistance of Somerset Police, Ruby was recovered and made the some 500km journey via Rosslare back to Midleton in time for Christmas.We are appeal to all pet owners to take all extra security precautions and ensure their pets are microchipped.Our Crime Prevention Officers and Community Garda are always available to offer crime prevention advice. You can also find lost of tips on www.garda.ieThe investigation into the theft of Ruby is still being actively investigated.

Posted by An Garda Síochána on Sunday, January 10, 2021

 

Authorities then urged pet owners to “take all extra security precautions and ensure their pets are microchipped.” They also assured that an active investigation into the theft of Ruby is still underway. JB

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