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Family 'over the moon' to have dog back - 15 days after he was stolen from Morrisons car park in Bilston

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 14/07/2019 16:17:34 Kelly Ashmore

A family have been reunited with their beloved dog - 15 days after he was stolen from a Bilston supermarket car park.

Rico, a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier and French mastiff cross, was snatched while his owners Hosea Stewart and Aymie Crowther were shopping in Morrisons on June 27.

The couple, who had left their pet in the car with the window slightly open, were distraught when they returned and realised he'd vanished.

Frantic with worry, they searched high and low for Rico - who requires daily medication - and put a heartfelt plea on social media, offering £1,000 for his safe return.

Thousands of people shared the couple's daily appeals and more than two weeks later, their persistence paid off.

a large brown dog sitting in the grass: Rico is 'back where he belongs' © Hosea Stewart/FacebookRico is 'back where he belongs'

On Friday (July 12), a relieved Hosea took to Facebook to share the news that Rico was "back where he belongs".

He said: "Rico's back home! After 15 days non-stop searching, day after day, he's back where he belongs.

a person holding a dog: Reunited: Hosea Stewart and Rico © Hosea Stewart/FacebookReunited: Hosea Stewart and Rico

"Fortunately someone got in contact after hearing what'd happened and reached out to meet us.

"Now our boy can get back to full health and the family can finally have some peace of mind. I knew it was only a matter of time."

Hosea told Black Country Live he was "over the moon" to have his pet back and wished to thank everyone who had shared the posts, kept an eye out for Rico and supported the family during the distressing time.

He added: "The support and love for this dog is something special. Honestly, it's amazing how people all over have reached out and day after day tried to help. 

"I can't thank everyone enough."

14. heinäkuuta 2019 19:17:34 Categories: Birmingham Mail Ilta Sanoma Taloussanomat

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