Stolen dog reunited with grateful owner

2015-12-03 12:23
Blues the 11-year-old staffie is delighted to be reunited with his owner Lana Bisset after a traumatic ordeal where he was stolen and sold.

Blues the 11-year-old staffie is delighted to be reunited with his owner Lana Bisset after a traumatic ordeal where he was stolen and sold. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A woman’s desperate hunt to find her stolen ­11-year-old dog ended in tears of joy on Tuesday afternoon.

Blues, the staffie, escaped from his owner Lana Bisset’s yard during the raging storm on Sunday night.

The following day one of her friends told Bisset she had spotted two men leading Blues out of the area by a chain.

After searching frantically for her “baby” Blues, Bisset began plastering posters all over the Clarendon area on Monday morning.

“On Monday afternoon, I went to report that Blues had been stolen at Prestbury police station,” said Bisset.

“I was reporting the matter to ­detectives Warrant Officer Ntuli and Warrant Officer Sanka when I ­noticed them both staring at the poster of Blues that I had stuck on my back window.”

Ntuli told her that he had seen Blues with two men at the Sasol ­garage in Scottsville earlier that morning.

Bisset decided to then place ­posters around Scottsville with an ­offer of a reward if Blues was returned while Ntuli and Sanka searched though their files to see if they could find the men Ntuli had seen.

After handing posters to people at Victoria Park, Bisset received a call from a man who said he knew where Blues was and wanted to meet her at Victoria Park.

Bisset immediately agreed and with a friend, met the man who said he had seen Blues being sold to a truck driver at the uMgungundlovu Driving School.

The man said he would show them where he lived but wanted the reward first, however, Bisset said the reward would not be given until Blues was safely in her arms.

With the man in her car, Bisset drove to the Prestbury police station so that Ntuli and Sanka could follow them.

However, Bisset said as soon as Ntuli saw the man he identified him as one of the men who had had Blues on a chain in Scottsville on Monday morning.

From there, the detectives tracked down Blues’s buyer and gave them two hours to return him to the ­station.

“I had been crying myself to sleep every night since he went missing and when I saw him, I started crying even more and would not let go of him.”

Bisset said her family and three other dogs were overjoyed to have Blues back.

“I want to thank the detectives for their help. They were amazing in helping me find Blues,” said Bisset.

Police said one person had been ­arrested.

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