Dog stolen from kennels six months ago found during police raid

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Police officers with RummyImage source, Shelley Tomsett
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Officers met the owner of Rummy halfway between her home and where the dog was found to return him

One of eight dachshunds stolen from a kennels six months ago has been found during a police raid.

Rummy was taken from Burton Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, on 10 February and was found at a property in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, on Tuesday.

His owner Shelley Tomsett said Rummy, the fourth of the eight dogs to be traced so far, was very thin but added she was "so happy he is home".

Police said no arrests have been made but inquiries were ongoing.

Of the three male and five female miniature wire-haired dachshunds taken, all the males plus one female have now been found.

Image source, Shelley Tomsett
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Rummy's owner Shelley Tomsett said the dog was "home and eating and happy"

Mrs Tomsett owns four of the eight and has been reunited with two of hers after Rikki was found in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in May.

The other two located dogs, which belong to the kennel owners, were previously found in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Mrs Tomsett, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, has said five-year-old Rummy is so thin she can count his ribs, and that he has not stopped eating since he has returned.

She said: "He is like a hungry caterpillar. I am so chuffed he is back.

"I just want to find the others now. Two of my girls are missing."

Image source, Shelley Tomsett
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Lisa Dean said finding Rummy six months after he was stolen gave "hope to so many other owners" with missing dogs

Lisa Dean, from Beauty's Legacy - a charity that helps find lost and stolen animals - said information following their campaign led to the police finding Rummy.

She said: "It re-enforces how important it is to come forward with information as that is how we are getting them."

Leicestershire Police said Rummy was found after a warrant was carried out at a property in Welland Park Road.

"Inquires are ongoing into a potential offence for handling stolen goods," a force spokesman added.

Derbyshire Police are still appealing for information in relation to the theft of the dogs.

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