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Family reunited with stolen puppy after police seized it

Ashlee Wright with her family Dexter, Amily, Tate after they were reunited with their dog Tully who was found by police in someone's home.
Ashlee Wright with her family Dexter, Amily, Tate after they were reunited with their dog Tully who was found by police in someone's home. John McCutcheon

A FAMILY have been reunited with their beloved pet dog after she was stolen from the backyard of their Nambour home.

Ashlee Wright's six-month-old English Staffy, Tully, was tied up outside last Friday afternoon while her kids played, but Mrs Wright let the dog loose while she went to the store.

She returned home, put the kids to bed and had a shower, all the while unaware something was amiss.

It wasn't until Mr Wright got home from work that the pair realised their pup had disappeared.

"Sometimes she gets into the neighbour's yard, but she wasn't there," Mrs Wright said.

"There was no possible way she could get out."

Over the following days Mrs Wright began printing flyers and dropping them in people's letterboxes.

She got the word out on Facebook and called every vet and pound she could think of, but there's was still no sign of Tully - until police got involved.

Mrs Wright said over the weekend officers went to a home on her street for an unrelated matter and found a dog there that they believed to be stolen.

Tully was seized on Monday and returned to her loving home where she's currently enjoying being showered with affection by a family that thought they'd never see her again.

"I didn't think I would (get her back)," Mrs Wright said.

"I just thought, someone's taken her and they don't want her to be found.

"It's a good ending to what we thought would never happen."

Officers were unable to tell Mrs Wright what conditions Tully was in, but apart from a bit of skin worn away underneath her neck Mrs Wright said she was in good health.

"She's had her coconut bath," she said.

"She's very spoilt."

Mrs Wright said she has pressed charges against the people police believe took her dog.

Topics:  animal crime dog family nambour pet police stolen


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