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Farmer thanks 'great British public' after stolen dog and five puppies returned

Thursday December 1st 2016

A cocker spaniel and her five puppies have been returned after being stolen while their owner was milking his cows.

Farmer Craig Vaughan thanked the "Great British Public" after an appeal he posted to social media was shared hundreds of times, resulting in Dora and her pups being returned safe and sound.

Mr Vaughan believes the publicity has stopped the furry family from being sold on.

The theft happened on Tuesday when thieves unscrewed the door of the kennels beside Mr Vaughan's farm near Yarm, Teesside.

He said a third party had seen the story and managed to get the dogs back on his behalf.

Mr Vaughan said: "Someone has done me a massive favour and he wouldn't take any money from me for them.

"The dogs are fine, they don't look any worse for what has happened. They have been fed and they are fine.

"I cannot believe I have got them back, it just goes to show you cannot beat the Great British Public."

Mr Vaughan says two-year-old Dora and her litter will be living in the house from now on and will not be returning to the kennels.

Copyright Press Association 2016