Stolen Cork dog found in the UK
Ruby the Springer Spaniel from Cork has been reunited with her family after she was tracked down in the UK following a social media appeal and a Garda investigation.
In June 2020, Gardaí in Midleton received a report that a springer spaniel had been stolen from a kennel in the area. Detectives began investigating the appeal and even posted on their regional Facebook page in an attempt to find the dog, which was viewed by nearly 100,000 people.
A woman in the UK spotted the Facebook post and contacted the Gardai after she had seen Ruby for sale on a website in the UK.
With help of Somerset Police, Ruby was recovered and she made the 500km journey back to Midleton, via Rosslare in time for Christmas.
Ruby’s owners, Bernard and Liz Ahern said “We are absolutely thrilled to have Ruby back home. We are so grateful to the lady who spotted Ruby for sale, the Somerset Police, and our Gardaí here in Midleton.”
Superintendent of the Midleton District, Adrian Gamble said “We are delighted to have been a part of Ruby’s safe return to her loving family and appeal to all pet owners to take all extra security precautions and ensure their pets are microchipped.
After Ruby was stolen, she had her microchip removed and was in poor health when returned to the Ahern Family. Today, Ruby is back to her old self and was finally able to thank Gardaí in Midleton.
The investigation into the theft of Ruby is still being actively pursued.