An English bulldog puppy, stolen several months ago from a family in Arlington, Texas, has been reunited with her rightful guardians, reported Tuesday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The puppy, named "Maggie," was stolen from the Hancock family during a burglary in May; the family feared that they would never see their pup again.
Amazingly, the same person who burglarized the home, appears to have kept the puppy in his possession the entire time.
The break in the case came last week when an Arlington police officer noticed a car which was tied to other burglaries in the area, and pulled the car over.
The traffic stop led to the arrest of 29-year-old Reginald McGregor, who was taken to jail on drug and burglary charges; a search of McGregor's home turned up several stolen items, and Maggie.
Evidence in the residence, including photos that McGregor apparently took of the puppy, indicated that the man wanted to keep Maggie. Thankfully, she appears to have been well cared for during her months away from home.
Detective Jennifer Rodriguez expressed her happiness over the amazing reunion to the Star-Telegram:
You don’t have that emotional connection to a piece of property like an iPad. But you love an animal. It’s your family,”
This is one of those cases I will remember for the rest of my life.”
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