Emotional reunion as stolen dog Coco comes home after being ‘bundled into waiting car’
An ‘elated’ family-of-five have been reunited with their beloved stolen dog after almost a fortnight of fearing the worst.
It’s believed Coco, the female Sprocker, was snatched ahead of a walk at Moseley Bog on Thursday morning, October 1.
Roz Pearce had parked up at the Windmere Road entrance ready for a stroll with the 16-month old pooch the family had raised from a puppy.
But as the pet ran off into bushes beside their car, she was ‘bundled’ into a grey Ford Focus which was thought to have sped off from the car park.
Mrs Pearce, her husband Chris, his two daughters and nine-year-old son were left devastated by the theft of their precious dog.
However, now, less than two weeks later, Coco is back home – much to the delight of the family.
Sharing adorable photos of their reunion on Twitter this morning (October 14), dad Chris said: “SHE’S HOME!!!
“Thanks to the wonderful West Mercia Police Coco was returned to us in the early hours. We’re obviously elated to be a complete family again and our little lad has his best friend back. #FindCoco
“Finally, we know we are the lucky ones.
“Hundreds of families aren’t as lucky and have yet to be reunited with their beloved dogs, please keep on raising awareness for them and help put families back together again.”
Coco was returned by West Mercia Police officers, who attended a site in Evesham where the dog was recovered.
The discovery came after a national appeal to find her, alongside an investigation into the theft by West Midlands Police.
The force said it was taking the incident seriously and though no arrests had yet been made, enquiries are ongoing.
A previous statement from West Midlands Police read: “Thanks for all your messages asking us what we’re doing following the theft of a dog in Moseley on Thursday.
“We’re in the process of reviewing CCTV, and we’ll be keeping in touch with the owners throughout the investigation.
“We’ll share any updates we can, and would appeal for anyone who’s been offered a dog for sale in suspicious circumstances to get in touch. Quote 20BE/237736L/20.”
Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via 101 or Live Chat on the force’s website.
Coco’s DogLost timeline can be viewed here.
The original article (by Birmingham Live) can be viewed here.