A MINIATURE Yorkshire Terrier was taken from its home after two men broke into a back yard.
At 6.30am on Sunday, the pair went into the rear yard of a house on Pensher Street in Millfield and stole the dog.
The pet was later found by a member of the public on St Marks Road and returned to its owner.
The men are described as being under 5ft 10in tall, both were wearing dark clothing.
One of the men was wearing a hat and the other had a hoody on with the hood pulled up.
Anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or who has any information is asked to call Northumbria police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 409 15/02/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.