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Stolen dog missing for two years reunited with owner

A dog owner was given the ‘best Christmas present’ after she was reunited with her pet two years after she was stolen.

Trisha Joseph, 45, had been searching for six-year-old springer spaniel Belle ever since the dog was stolen from a barn in Defynnog, Mid Wales, in December 2016.

The professional gardener and her partner Wyn Price joined more than 500 Facebook groups in their two-year appeal for information about Belle, which eventually paid off on Friday after supporters saw an advert there for the dog’s sale.

Miss Joseph said she contacted the 18-year-old seller ‘Jimmy’ in Worcester, more than 70 miles away, who was “devastated” to learn he had been given a stolen dog.

He had no idea that she was stolen, and was absolutely devastated.He said we were welcome to go and see her, just to find out one way or the other. He has started working full time and has no time, so had to sell her.

My wonderful sisters Eleanor and Julie took me to get the best Christmas present yet. One look at the dog, and we all knew it was Belle.

It means the world having her home, it’s been a tough two years and it’s such a relief knowing she was looked after for the last six months of her ordeal.

The world needs more people like Jimmy. She’s doing great, it’s as if she’s never been away. We’ve never given up hope in finding her, but can’t believe she is actually home.

– TRISHA JOSEPH, BELLE’S OWNER

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