A dog that was stolen by thieves who dragged her by her neck from her Essex home has been reunited with her owners.
11-month-old American Bulldog Queenie was stolen from her home in Shoeburyness earlier this week, with CCTV capturing vile thieves dragging her by her neck down her drive and fleeing the scene.
A huge social media campaign was launched with the help of animal rescue group Tilly’s Angels and other members of the public to find Queenie, who lives in Aylesbeare Street.
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Social media influencer Jude Moore, who has more than 50,000 followers on Facebook, made a desperate appeal sharing the CCTV images.
Queenie belongs to Chloe Moore, 27, the sister of singer-songwriter Jude.
The men broke into Chloe’s home and stole Queenie after she went for a walk with her other dog Hendrix.
The dognapping took place on Monday (November 22), but on Wednesday evening (November 24), just 48 hours after she was stolen, it was announced Queenie had been returned home.
In a post on the Facebook group set up to help find Queenie – which has more than 5,700 members, admin Natalie Crane said: “FOUND & REUNITED.
“More details to follow, but please respect the owners the opportunity to recover from this horrendous ordeal.
“Queenie is safe.”
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Chloe Moore has since shared emotional reunion photos and videos of Queenie and her family on her Instagram story.
The footage shows Queenie meeting her family again and their other dog, bounding around the house wagging her tail.
Speaking on BBC Essex before Queenie was found, Chloe said: “It’s really quite hard to think there’s people out there that actually do things like that. It makes me lose faith in humanity.
“It’s why I prefer dogs to humans, they don’t do this type of thing. I don’t know how they can enter someone’s property – they have gone into the utility room, they’ve walked in and have seen piles of children’s Christmas presents.
“At that point did they not think to themselves – not only am I invading someone’s personal space, I’m going to nick something that means the absolute world to them.”
Chloe went on to praise all the help on social media from all groups and members of the public for sharing the appeal.
Essex Police said they arrested a woman on suspicion of burglary in relation to the incident.
Anyone with information or doorbell, dashcam or CCTV footage of the area between 8.15am and 10.10am on Monday should call police on 101 and cite incident 407 of November 22.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to crimestoppers-uk.org.
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