Stolen dog is reunited with owner after four years

A stolen dog has been reunited with her original family after four years apart.

Nala, a Staffordshire bull terrier was first reported stolen from her Blackpool home in 2014 and was mistakenly bought by someone else.

The new owner then moved down to Kent, a seven and a half hour journey away.

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PC Martyn Tulk (left) with Adrian Gleadhill and his dog Nala after he was reunited the stolen dog after four years apart. Picture: Kent Police/PA Wire

As part of a routine check-up, nurses discovered a microchip, revealing where she came from.

PC Martyn Tulk from the Kent Police was made aware of the incident, and made contact with Lancashire police to try and return Nala to her rightful owner.

PC Tulk said: “It was a pleasure to be able to reunite the dog with its rightful owner.

“After being away for so long it was great to see the recognition Nala had for her family.

“The person who had innocently bought Nala was extremely supportive and although they were also a victim in this they helped us to ensure she was returned.

“It shows the importance of micro-chipping your pets, which is a legal requirement, in returning lost and stolen pets with their rightful owners.”