Delighted dog owners reunited with their pet pooch Bonnie who was stolen six years ago

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Moment two delighted dog owners were reunited with their pet pooch Bonnie -- who was stolen six years ago
Moment two delighted dog owners were reunited with their pet pooch Bonnie -- who was stolen six years ago

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This video shows the moment two delighted dog owners were reunited with their pet pooch Bonnie - who was stolen six years ago.

Simon Hall, 50, and his wife Caroline, 48, had their dog stolen in May 2014 and have been distraught ever since.

They had both given up hope of ever seeing Bonnie again, but then she was found in a park and Simon received a call from a dog warden.

And now the pair, from Durham, have been reunited with the missing cocker spaniel the day before its 10th birthday - 200 miles from home in Norfolk.

Caroline said: "We just can't believe it. It was only a couple of years ago that I gave up up hope but I was still checking all the lost dog sites.

Moment two delighted dog owners were reunited with their pet pooch Bonnie -- who was stolen six years ago
Moment two delighted dog owners were reunited with their pet pooch Bonnie -- who was stolen six years ago

"It's all a bit surreal.

"I'd prepared myself for the fact she might look in a bad way but actually she's looking quite well. I know the vets have taken wonderful care of her."

It's thought Bonnie was stolen to breed, and Terrington St John Veterinary Centre, where she underwent a hysterectomy yesterday, believes the most recent litter was within the last two months.

Caroline said Bonnie had a "beautiful character" and would sit pitchside until their young son Robbie had finished playing rugby.

She added: "We'll now take her back home and introduce her to our other dog, Jessie, and just have a quiet night in front of the fire.

"I think her birthday will be a quiet one too."

Simon said: "Gosh knows what she's been through. It doesn't bear thinking about but at least we can get her back for a few more years and give her a bit of love and care and attention."

Fenland District Council dog warden Caroline Trigg, who also runs Ravenswood Pet Rescue at Walton Highway, was delighted to be able to reunite the Halls with Bonnie.

"With missing dogs, sometimes they go in the morning and are back in the afternoon – or a couple of days at most. I've never known a dog to have been gone this long before.

"I think Bonnie's had a hard time with the breeding side. Someone has made a lot of money out of her, which is very sad. And she has clearly never been to a vet's over those six-and-a-half years or her chip would have been read.

"But being able to get her back to her loving home is wonderful – just the good news we need this year."

Also enjoying the reunion today was the Halls' 21-year-old daughter Katie.

The family added that it was lucky that Bonnie had been microchipped, as without that they may never have been reunited.

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