After seven long years away from home, Molly the dog has now been back with her owners for one week.
Brian and Pauline Berry’s beloved Jack Russell was stolen, along with her eight puppies, in 2008.
The kennel the dogs and Molly’s sister Megan were in, near the couple’s home in Balfour Street, Houghton, was broken in to on August 27, 2008, and despite extensive searches, Molly’s whereabouts remained a mystery.
But just under two weeks ago, the couple, who have four great-grandchildren, were shocked to receive a phone call from police in Warwickshire to say they’d found Molly.
The couple originally believed that Molly was found in Wakefield, but she was actually located 200 miles away from home in Leamington Spa after officers received a report of dogs running loose in the street.
Pc Natasha Susnik arrived on the scene and Molly ran towards her.
She’s even starting to run around and play with her sister again and she follows me around wherever I go, she won’t leave my side.Brian Berry
After scanning her microchip, police made contact with Brian and Pauline to tell them their beloved pet had been found.
The 10-year-old dog was underweight and had scars on her face, but she’s already on the mend.
Brian, 68, a retired mechanic, said: “It’s been great having Molly back home with us.
“She’s putting a little bit of weight on and she’s starting to recognise all of the family.
“We’re taking her back to the vets for a check-up on Monday, but she’s doing really well.
“She’s even starting to run around and play with her sister again and she follows me around wherever I go, she won’t leave my side.
“We’re still just over the moon and can’t believe we’ve got her back.”
Pauline, 64, a retired carer, added: “We’ve seen the picture of the police officer, Natasha, with Molly, and we’re so grateful to have her back.
“She’s starting to settle back in and is putting a bit of weight back on – you can’t see her ribs so much now.
“We’re so happy to have her back with us.”
Pc Susnick said: “I would like to thank Warwick Dog warden for her assistance, and for the team at Dunsmore Kennels for looking after Molly whilst her family made their way down to collect her.
“This story really highlights the importance of getting your pets microchipped, and making sure that their details are registered and kept up to date.”