A man accused of taking home a husky after it escaped has returned the puppy after it wrecked his house, according to reports.
Max the Siberian husky was reunited with Victoria DeCosemo and her three children after the man who picked him up in the street rang police and asked them to take the pet away because it was not house-trained and had caused a stink.
A Durham Police spokeswoman said inquiries were going on and no arrests had been made.
Mrs DeCosemo told the Northern Echo that Max escaped during a walk in North Road, Darlington, and a man scooped him up.
She went on to Facebook to appeal for information about Max's whereabouts, during which the the man who grabbed him was described as being "scruffy".
That led to the man himself coming to her door on Saturday night and complaining about being labelled a scruff.
As tempers flared, the man fled, but only after he apparently warned the 30-year-old she would not be getting Max back.
But hours later he called police in Darlington and asked officers to collect the husky, which had caused a mess.
Mrs DeCosemo was delighted to get her four-month-old dog back, as were her children Ruby, three, Jack, one, and nine-month-old Robert.
She told the Northern Echo: "I think he probably got fed up because he doesn't know how much hard work a puppy can be and it really messed up his house."
A Durham Police spokeswoman said: "An investigation is in its early stages and all parties are co- operating fully to help us ascertain what happened.
"No arrests have been made."