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Kidnapped canine Alfie reunited with owners

By Allan Preston

A family in Toomebridge have been celebrating a reunion with a missing pet dog who was a victim of a canine kidnapping.

After Alfie, a six-year-old Bichon Frise, went missing on August 6, his family took to social media to post a photo of the snow-coloured pooch.

The anxious owners said they were desperate for any leads on his whereabouts as their young daughters Sarah and Florence had been left distraught.

Details of how he went missing remain unclear but Antrim police became convinced there was foul play involved.

A community-wide dog hunt was soon under way with many local businesses and concerned dog lovers in Toomebridge spreading the word online. Despite the frantic searches for Alfie over the weekend, the family had to wait for news while fearing the worst.

On Monday there was elation as the PSNI announced that the much-loved family pet had been safely found and returned to his owners.

The statement read: "Antrim Police were able to follow lines of enquiry and recover a very relieved Alfie. With lots of kisses and cuddles for the officers as reward for his rescue."

After his ordeal, police said the kidnapped canine "played it cool and decided to return the favour and help out with a little local patrolling on his way home. Once reunited with Sarah, Florence and their Daddy, it was all smiles, hugs and waggy tails."

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