Joy as stolen dogs returned

HAPPY pensioners David and Maureen Westgate are celebrating after being reunited with the second of their two stolen dogs.The couple, both 76, say they have been through “living hell” since their Miniature Dachsunds Cassie and Shadey were stolen from the back garden of their home in Barham in February.

HAPPY pensioners David and Maureen Westgate are celebrating after being reunited with the second of their two stolen dogs.

The couple, both 76, say they have been through “living hell” since their Miniature Dachsunds Cassie and Shadey were stolen from the back garden of their home in Barham in February.

On Tuesday night the pair broke down in tears when police officers knocked on their door with 11-year-old Cassie. It came just weeks after the couple were reunited with Shadey, who was found straying in the country.

Mr Westgate said: “This is just unbelievable. Shadey's return last month was amazing but there was always a dark cloud over it because we knew Cassie was still out there.

“She is the older of the dogs and we were worried as she needed to be back at home with us in her senior years. The knock on the door marked the end of what has been a living hell for us. To see Cassie in the arms of those wonderful officers was just unbelievable.”

Police officers recovered Cassie from a house in Essex as part an ongoing investigation.

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“The last 72 days have been a nightmare. My wife has not left the house for fear of missing the phone call that could tell us where our dogs are. Now we have both dogs home and they are playing in the front room with the grandchildren, it is magic.

“Cassie seems in good health and the first thing she did when she got in the house was go straight over to the rack where her play balls are and began scratching because she wanted to play catch.”

Volunteers from www.doglost.co.uk also helped out in the search for the missing dogs by putting up posters and supporting the couple.

Founder Jayne Hayes said: “We are so pleased for Mr and Mrs Westgate. We are sorry they had to go through it in the first place, but they worked so hard and refused to give up on their pets, and they have secured results.”

If you would like to volunteer and help other people who have lost their dogs you can register at www.doglost.co.uk or call 0800 8443220.

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