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Stolen London ‘designer’ dog sold in Welshpool

Created on 07/08/2011 @ 18:16
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A shih tzu dog stolen from a London property has turned up safe and well after being sold through a shop window advertisement in Welshpool.
The breed (pictured) has become the 'designer' dog of choice for some the world’s best known figures including Microsoft owner, Bill Gates, Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell and even Her Majesty the Queen, and callous thieves are selling stolen shih tzus for up to £1,000 a puppy.
But a tip off helped police to reunite one of the valuable dogs with its London owner this weekend and resulted in the arrest of one person and the possibility of more arrests to follow.
A police spokesperson said: “It appears that the dog was sold through an advertisement in a Welshpool shop. An unsuspecting couple bought the dog in good faith as a family pet but it was soon traced back to one that was stolen in London. The original owner in London was overwhelmed to hear that their beloved pet was safe and would soon be reunited with him, and quite shocked at the distance the dog had travelled.”
If you suspect that a crime has taken place in your area contact Welshpool Police on 101.
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