Hijack victim reunited with dogs

2012-09-06 09:22

Johannesburg - A Durban woman whose bakkie was hijacked this week has been reunited with her two Labradors, who were in the vehicle at the time.

Bridget Shelley, 60, of Alverstone was pulled out of her vehicle by three men at an intersection, and was unable to retrieve her dogs before the criminals drove off, Beeld reported on Thursday.

With the help of the online community, she found the dogs, Shogun and Shingwetzi, near the suburb of Sherwood, about 40km from where her bakkie was stolen.

Shelley told the newspaper that she had searched for two days, and had notified community action group SA Can about the hijacking and the missing dogs.

Within half an hour of her posting an internet message, people started calling her to say they thought they had spotted the missing pair.

It eventually emerged that a concerned couple in Sherwood had found the lost animals, fed them and taken them to an animal shelter, where staff put two and two together and notified Shelley of her pets' whereabouts.

"Criminals can take all my possessions, but they must leave my animals alone," Shelley said.

  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-06 09:31

    Shame man! Good for you!

      JasonMichelle - 2012-09-06 10:12

      It warms my heart that she has found her animals! I would give my possessions away in a blink of an eye to keep my dogs safe!

  • thando.gqabaza - 2012-09-06 09:39

    I love labradors

  • DayanGovender - 2012-09-06 09:47

    Totally agree - take all my possessions just leave my babies (dogs) and family alone!

  • Jane - 2012-09-06 09:52

    Thank goodness your or your dogs weren't hurt in the hijacking, a happy ending:)

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-09-06 10:01

    The happy outcome when people stand and work together!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-06 10:04

    Its a heartwarming end to a horrible story! Hope they catch these useless individuals! Enjoy having your kids back!

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-06 10:13

    Wonderful ending to a terrible story. Glad you and your dogs were unharmed. So often this kind of story has a tragic ending!

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-06 10:14

    Sad to read about you being hijacked but a happy ending. So pleased you have got your two beautiful dogs back safe and healthy.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-06 10:17

    Good news for a change.

  • neville.watson.31 - 2012-09-06 10:26

    Awesome news.

  • michelle.blackie - 2012-09-06 10:27

    Wonderful news that they are back home! There are still some amazing and caring people in South Africa!

  • caitlin.hoferichtercroudace - 2012-09-06 11:00

    I can live without my posessions, but living without my furballs is impossible, they are family! So happy to hear good news :)

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-06 11:11

    Good News, likewise you can steal my car but don't touch my dog. Pity she didn't have two crazed rabies infected Rottweilers hidden on the back seat that only woke up when the kidnappers pulled away.

  • natasha.munnick - 2012-09-06 16:04

    what a heartwarming so glad her dogs are back home,

  • Gail Robinson - 2015-08-05 12:21

    A very happy ending ! ??

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