MERIDEN — Police helped to reunite a family and their dog this week after the canine was stolen.
On Aug. 4 thieves stole a Yorkshire terrier named “Cookie” out of a yard in South Meriden, according to Lt. Darrin McKay. Georgia and Aristotle Nasiakos said Monday they are watching the dog and their grandchildren while their daughter is in Greece.
Acting on a tip about an online ad listing the dog for sale in New Britain, Meriden police determined the dog in the ad was Cookie. Meriden and New Britain Police then recovered the dog.
The family said they are very thankful to the police and the volunteer group Dog Gone Recovery, which also helped when the dog went missing.
“(Cookie) was so excited to come to us, from twenty feet away in the parking lot he recognized us,” Artistotle Nasiakos said Monday. “…We never thought something like that would happen.”
They said their grandchildren were excited to have the dog home and have sent photos to their daughter.
Carol Ferrucci, who works with Dog Gone Recovery, said she was in contact with the family when Cookie went missing. The dog was listed for sale online as a puppy when when he is actually 8 years old, Ferrucci said.
An undercover officer contacted the people who placed the online ad and was able to identify the dog as Cookie, according to a police Facebook post. Police are continuing the criminal investigation. On Tuesday police said they are investigating multiple people involved in the incident. Detective Lt. Shane Phillips said warrants would be sought for any applicable charges. Cookie was listed for sale for $1,800.
Ferrucci said since Yorkshire terriers are an expensive breed, she advised the family to keep an eye on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.
“I always worry about these things,” Ferrucci said. “‘Am I going to be able to get the dog back to its owner?’ This was a nice ending.”
Cookie was returned to his family on Saturday afternoon, McKay said.
“We realize how much dogs and cats are like extended family,” McKay said Monday. “Any time something like this happens it’s devastating for the family. Its nice to come to quick conclusion.”