Millie The Beagle Reunited With Her Owner After Being Stolen
Millie was in the backseat of her elderly owner's car when it was stolen from a milk bar southeast of Melbourne. Nearly two weeks later, the pair have finally been reunited.
Geoff Schmutter, 85, ducked into a store in Blind Bight to get the paper on June 22. When he returned just seconds later, his SUV was gone and so too was his beloved beagle.
While the car was found on Warrigal Road in Bentleigh two days later, Millie was nowhere to be seen.
"I didn't think she was coming back because the car is a bit of a wreck," Schmutter said on Thursday.
"[The car] has been through the bush and everything, the bumper bar is scratched real deep and there are scratches and dents all over it."
On Wednesday night, Schmutter got the call he'd been waiting for but never thought he'd receive.
Millie had been found safe and sound by a member of the public in the Yarra Ranges.
She was taken to the Animal Aid in Coldstream where staff recognised her as a result of the extensive social media coverage.
"I'm ecstatic, it's wonderful, I just can't believe it," he told the media, moments after being reunited with his "best girl".
"All this time she's been gone, nearly two weeks now, and she means so much to me, we walked two or three times a day with her and on the Saturday... it was pouring with rain, so we drove the car down and I left my keys in the car and I was only two seconds flat and I watched them drive away," he explained.
"It means so much to me, I just couldn't go on without her."'
Schmutter thanked the public for their help as well as the police officers involved in the search who he said were "absolutely marvellous."
A woman from Hampton East, 38, was arrested shortly after the car was discovered but was released without charge pending further enquiries.
As for Millie, she will spend her first night home in front of the fire eating Schmackos before walking to the very same milk bar she was stolen from, in the morning, with her owner by her side.