English springer spaniel Daisy was dog-napped from a house in Kent in 2020 fuelling fears she had been taken to a puppy farm to be used for breeding. Owner Francis Briley feared never seeing Daisy again given that her microchip details had not been registered.
However, the missing hound was spotted by a woman abandoned and wandering the streets of Bracknell, Berkshire.
Daisy was checked over by a vet and housed in kennels for seven nights.
Francis may never have been reunited with her pooch had it not been for the woman who found her.
She trawled through the Dogs Lost website in search of her owners as Daisy was handed over to the Public Protection Partnership animal warden team.
But the detective work was hampered by the fact that Daisy’s fur had been clipped in what was most probably an attempt by her dognappers to conceal her identity.
Fortunately, Daisy’s distinctive markings and colouring matched a missing post for a spaniel in Kent from 2020.
Francis said: “I just can’t believe I have her back.
“I really didn’t think I’d ever see her again.