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Family reunited with dog 14 months after pet theft from Spalding Road, Bourne

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A family has been reunited with its missing dog 14 months after the pet theft took place.

Four Welsh terriers - Winnie, Queenie, Pussy and RC - were taken from a property in Spalding Road, Bourne on November 18, 2020.

In a bittersweet moment for the family, they got the call they had been waiting for - RC had been found. However the other three terriers remain missing and the family have no information on where they could be.

Margaret Whitehead, daughter of owner Debbie, said: "We are over the moon to get one of them back.

"It's been so long not having anything with no updates or leads.

"To get RC back has given us hope that we can get the others."

RC was found on one of the country roads near Peterborough and was handed into Whittlesey Veterinary Centre, which made contact with the family.

RC, the Welsh terrier (54313853)
RC, the Welsh terrier (54313853)

From her behaviour, the family believes that RC could have been tied up somewhere as she gets anxious on the lead and is struggling with her breathing. There is also potential she was on a farm.

"When we picked her up her coat was matted, the vet clipped her leg hair and we did the rest at home," said Margaret.

"She was treated for lice but didn't have any fleas that we could see.

"Wherever she had been she was well fed but needed a drink.

"Healthwise she's pretty good but it's more neurological."

She added: "It's really hard. I wish dogs could talk so she could tell us what's gone on."

Gradually the family has noted that RC, who they collected on Wednesday last week (January 12), is acting more like her former self.

The family's appeal to be reunited with all four dogs continues as people with any information on the whereabouts of Winnie, Queenie, Pussy are urged to get in touch.

Margaret, who has been running a social media campaign to try to locate the dogs, said: "Someone out there knows something.

"We don't know if the dogs are all in the same area or still together.

"Whoever has them, do the right thing and hand them in."

Anyone with information should call Margaret on 07710 659006.

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