Sep 12 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A FAMILY is celebrating after being reunited with their beloved Yorkshire terrier, Poppy, after she was snatched by dog-nappers.
Poppy was stolen from Whitehouse Boarding Kennels, in Bickerstaffe, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The terrier was stolen during Sunday afternoon with the thieves breaking through two gates to get to Poppy – who was the only dog stolen from the kennels.
Her owners Helen Halsall and her 14-year-old daughter Lois were distraught after receiving the call telling them Poppy had gone.
Instead of wallowing in grief, however, Helen began a campaign to find Poppy – setting up a facebook group that attracted almost 800 likes.
Helen said: “We were given a number by a lady who had advertised a wanted ad on preloved looking for a Yorkshire terrier. Someone responded to her advert and left her a voicemail offering her a dog. She told me about this and I asked her to text him for a picture.
“The man replied saying that the dog had been stolen which we thought was too much of a coincidence.”
The kennels put up a £500 reward, hoping to tempt the man or one of his neighbours to come forward. Helen then phoned him on August 29 and asked him if he had a terrier for sale which he denied.
A woman called Laura contacted Helen via facebook after she had tracked down an address for the person offering the dog for sale. The pair then went to the house in Huyton to confront the suspected thief on August 30.
Helen said: “We knocked on the door and my heart was pounding. The man opened the window and Laura asked him if he had a Yorkie.
“He said he did and after we demanded to see the dog he opened the door. I shouted for Poppy and she came bounding down the stairs straight into my arms and licked my face.
“Me and Laura then ran back to the car and drove away with the man shouting after us. It’s totally surreal and Lois is over the moon.
Police are currently investigating the incident.