Thursday 18th November 2010, 11:30AM GMT.
A family from Willenhall have been reunited with its beloved pet – more than two years after thieves ransacked the home and stole it.
Carol Hunt returned home in August 2008 to discover thieves had broken in and stolen the family’s Labradors Angus and Rosie.
After 27 months without news, the family were resigned to never seeing the pair again and decided to get themselves another dog.
But just a day after picking up blonde Labrador Gem from All Seasons Kennel, Essington, they received the call they thought would never come.
Caravan Vets, from Willenhall, called to say Angus had been taken in by his new owners, who wanted a microchip installed. His original chip was found and the Hunt family traced.
Mother-of-four Mrs Hunt, aged 40, from Birch Coppice Gardens, said: “I was so shocked.
“As soon as I laid eyes on Angus I burst into tears. I had given up hope of ever seeing him again, we had kept all of their toys and bowls until eight months ago when we realised they wouldn’t be coming back.
“It was a mixed reaction because Angus’ new owners were devastated and I felt so sorry for them.
“My family is delighted, my husband John even drove all the way back from work as a site manager in London to come and see Angus.”
In 2008 when the dogs were reported stolen Carol’s daughter Alice, who was just three-years-old at the time and is now six, was pictured in an Express & Star appeal.
Only a month later Angus ended up at kennels where an unsuspecting family saw him and decided to take him in as their own.
Rachel Porter, practice manager at Cavan Vets, said: “It was great to reunite the family with their missing dog but it was upsetting because of how sad the new owners were by having to give up their dog after two years.”