Body-cam footage shows the moment police officers rescued a dognapped puppy stolen during a burglary- before reuniting him with his grateful owner.
French Bulldog Moxley was taken during a break-in on Beaks Hill, in Kings Norton, Birmingham on January 17.
Body-worn video shows the moment officers found the terrified four-month-old pooch shaking in the garden of a house just hours after he was cruelly snatched.
An officer can be heard saying to the female homeowner: “We believe this dog was stolen in burglary, a burglary last night, Now its in your house.
“So what you told me earlier half hour ago is that someone delivered this dog to your address.”
The woman, who was later cautioned for for handling stolen goods, replies: “That is the truth”
Heartwarming footage then shows cops returning Moxley to his rightful owner Gabriel Foley who was delighted to have his faithful friend back home.
Gabriel said: “He’s fine now but doesn’t like being left alone. Before he used to sleep downstairs but now he has to be in the bedroom. But I think he has recovered.
“I was dealing with a number of distraught people, including myself, so it was really good to get him back and so quickly as well.”
The neighbourhood team behind the rescue has now won the Neighbourhood Excellence accolade at a West Midlands Police ceremony last week.
For the last 18 months, officers from the Kings Norton team have also been targeting offenders from a postcode gang who were linked to drug dealing and violence.
Sergeant Sharon Brain said: “It’s one of those lovely moments you go into policing for: the family were devastated at being burgled and losing their beloved pet dog but a few hours later we’d got him back.
“From police intelligence and our own experience we checked out a few addresses on the lookout for Moxley and found him in a back garden.
“A woman their claimed someone had dropped the dog off just 30 minutes earlier which seemed very suspicious.
“Poor Moxley was shaking. He was obviously missing home. So I took him straight back to his rightful owners who naturally were delighted.”
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