Cambridgeshire

Stolen Wisbech Dog Pickles found in Wolverhampton

Pickles the dog Image copyright Birmingham Dogs' Home
Image caption Pickles was found wandering around the streets of Wolverhampton

A pet dog was found more than 120 miles from home after being stolen from her owner's address.

Pickles disappeared from her garden in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and was found wandering stray in Wolverhampton.

Pickles' owner, Tony Bowden, said he "could not fathom" why someone would unchain her, drive her so far and then abandon her.

He made a nine-hour round trip to bring the Great Dane-cross-bulldog back home. Pickles was said to be "delighted".

Pickles, who lives in a kennel on Mr Bowden's 10-acre plot, was tethered on a long chain on 9 November evening after being fed.

'Bloomin' Wolverhampton'

However, the following morning, the six-year-old had disappeared and only her chain was found.

"It was very strange, it was like someone unhooked her, left the chain on the fence and then took her all the way to bloomin' Wolverhampton," Mr Bowden said. "Why would anyone do that?"

Image copyright Birmingham Dogs' Home
Image caption Mr Bowden was "over the moon" to get Pickles back

He said a friend told him there were rumours hare coursers had been in the area but Mr Bowden said he had no idea who might have taken his pet.

Pickles was picked up by a dog warden in Wolverhampton and taken to the local branch of Birmingham Dogs' Home where she was scanned.

"They rang [last week] and I couldn't believe it, we were over the moon," Mr Bowden said.

"It's absolutely amazing that we got her back and she was so delighted to see us."

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