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Stolen dog back home in Lexington after being found overnight

Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 11:25 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After being stolen from the Shaffar family and missing several hours, Charlie the Goldendoodle is back home.

Last night we told you about Charlie, who was stolen from a family in their own van Tuesday night. After several hours and the community’s support, Charlie was found and reunited with family.

It was a nightmare for the Shaffars, but according to Charlie’s owner, the person who stole the vehicle and dog drove home and after realizing what had happened, that person’s own family called police on them and it was soon after midnight that Charlie returned home.

“My daughter stayed up last night to wait for him to get home and she was so happy and then my son was already in bed and Charlie jumped in bed and woke him up this morning,” said Suzanne Shaffar, Charlie’s owner.

Shaffar says getting Charlie back would have been harder if it wasn’t for thousands of people sharing the post about their dog being stolen.

“I cannot tell you the level of support we’ve received in the community. It was truly incredible and I know that it was that support that helped bring Charlie home,” Shaffar said.

While the community was a big help spreading the news about Charlie being stolen, the Shaffars were also optimistic he would return because he was microchipped, which every pet owner should get done for their pets.

“This microchip your pet has will go between their shoulder blades, it will have your contact information on it, that way if your pet is picked up as a stray it will be scanned, it will link back to your contact information, everybody’s happy, no lost pet,” said Ashley Hammond with the Lexington Humane Society.

And a perfect example of this is our station stray, George, that we told you about last month who was reunited with its family after six years thanks to a microchip.

“Animal Care and Control, our partner organization, sees thousands and thousands of stray animals every single year, most of those animals they’ll go up for adoption, those who are claimed get to go back to their forever home,” Hammond said.

The Shaffars also want to thank everyone from the bottom of their heat that helped share this story to help bring Charlie home.

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