Three stolen dogs found after owner recognised their barking 90 miles from home

A farmer was reunited with his three stolen dogs after he recognised their barking more than 90 miles away from where they were taken.

Sean, Sue and their one-year-old puppy Nel were stolen from the back of their owners’ pickup truck in Leicestershire on Tuesday October 9.

The Border Collie cross Kelpie dogs were reported missing to police, who then launched an online appeal for information.

A dog owner was reunited with his stolen dogs after he recognised their barks. Sean and Sue, along with one-year-old puppy Nel, were stolen from the back of their owners' pickup truck in Leicestershire on Tuesday morning (October 9.) Pic shows one of the stolen dogs (unclear which one) Credit: Cambridge News/BPM Media
Sean and Sue, along with their one-year-old puppy Nel, were stolen from the back of a pickup truck in Leicestershire (Picture: Cambridge News/BPM Media)

Puppy Nel was discovered later that day hiding under a car in the village of Willingham in Cambridgeshire.

The young dog was taken to a nearby RSPCA centre where she was scanned before being returned to her owner, from Nottinghamshire, the next day.

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A Cambridgeshire resident then spotted the updated online appeal after they heard the sound of a distressed dog barking nearby.

They quickly called the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, and he instantly recognised the barking in the background as his dog Sue.

Police were then dispatched to the scene, where they found the two dogs and notified the owner who came and took them home.

A dog owner was reunited with his stolen dogs after he recognised their barks. Sean and Sue, along with one-year-old puppy Nel, were stolen from the back of their owners' pickup truck in Leicestershire on Tuesday morning (October 9.) Pictures show Sean and Sue Credit: Cambridge News/BPM Media
The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, recognised their barking after being called by a resident (Picture: Cambridge News/BPM Media)
A dog owner was reunited with his stolen dogs after he recognised their barks. Sean and Sue, along with one-year-old puppy Nel, were stolen from the back of their owners' pickup truck in Leicestershire on Tuesday morning (October 9.) Pictures show Sean and Sue Credit: Cambridge News/BPM Media
All three dogs are now back with their owner and said to be doing well (Picture: Cambridge News/BPM Media)

All three dogs were unharmed and are said to be doing well.

PC Adam Price said: ‘As a pet owner I was over the moon to get these dogs back home.

‘I would like to commend the resident for their quick thinking which enabled us to reunite these dogs with their owner.’

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Earlier this year a family was left stunned after they were told their dog had been found – after going missing ten years ago.

Owner Debra Suierveld said she had mourned for the Abby, a black lab mix, back in 2008 when it was assumed that she had died.

‘We thought she had passed away,’ Ms Suierveld said.

‘It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back. It’s pretty awesome.’