Remorseful thieves in Australia apparently returned a pet puppy to a little girl four days after they stole it from her family home.
The eight-week-old Labrador was taken on Monday night along with a laptop, an iPad and jewellery.
The family told Australian news outlets they were “devastated” after four-year-old Maia’s new “best friend” Sasha was stolen, who they had only had for a week.
Appealing for information alongside a tearful Maia, her owners said Sasha had a medical condition that needed to be treated.
But after a nationwide campaign to get her back, Sasha the dog reappeared in the garden on Thursday, seemingly dropped off by the thieves.
One of her owners, Ryan Hood, appeared on Australia’s Today programme to share news of the reunion on Thursday
“We didn’t want to get our hopes up. And then this morning, my wife got up to make herself a coffee, walked past the sliding door, and noticed that there was a figure moving by the kennel,” he said.
“We think that whoever took her has either a conscience or got scared and just dropped her over the fence … we don’t care to be honest, we’re just glad to have her back.”
The other stolen items are still missing. Victoria Police will continue to investigate the burglary.
Senior Constable Adam Leggo told Australia’s ABC news that stealing the dog was probably unplanned.
“It’s a bit of a strange one. It’s difficult to understand what they were thinking,” he said.