A distraught Doncaster dog owner has been reunited with her four stolen Shar Pei puppies after a social media campaign for their safe return went viral.
The puppies were left in a box outside Susanne Lefevre’s house on Wheatley Hall Road nearly 48 hours after they were stolen.
The discovery came after a poster appealing for their safe return was posted on Facebook and shared thousands of times in this country and aborad.
Susan, aged 35, said she never thought she would see four-week-old puppies Zeus, Marley, Paddy and Princess again.
“I can’t thank people enough for sharing the poster and helping us,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for social media I don’t think we would have got them back. People shared the post so many times the puppies basically became too hot to handle. Anyone trying to sell them on would have struggled.
“I honestly never thought we’d see them again.”
Susan realised the puppies had been stolen after returning home from work on Wednesday, July 15.
“When I come in the puppies are usually straight over to me so when they didn’t come I thought maybe they’d got into another room.
“I couldn’t stop crying and just panicked. Paris, the mother of the puppies, was really distressed and kept hunting all over the house for them, looking under washing and in bags. She was in a sorry state.”
Susan’s children, Ryan, 13, Ella, 10, and Ruby, seven, were also left heartbroken.
But after people shared the poster appealing for the puppies’ safe return they were returned in the early hours of Friday.
“My son was sleeping downstairs with the other dogs because he was scared someone would take them and he heard a knock on the door about 12.30am. I told him not to answer the door at that time.
“Then about 5.30am I woke up and thought I could hear the puppies crying, I was half asleep but when I got downstairs Paris was scratching at the front door. When I opened it the puppies were there in a box.
“I couldn’t believe it – I was screaming for my son to come and look. The puppies were cold and wet but they had a feed from their mum straight away and seem fine. I’m taking them to the vets just to check.
“We’re not letting them out of our sight now.”
Police confirmed the puppies were reported stolen on Wednesday, July 15.