Update: Beloved Suspected Dognapping Victim, Buddy, Returned Safe And Well
The seven-year-old German Shephard-Husky cross, who suffers from epilepsy, has been reunited with his worried family
What you need to know
- Buddy went missing on Monday after thieves broke into his owner's Taylors Lakes home in Melbourne's western suburbs
- His family, a separated Melbourne couple, was worried for his health and safety as Buddy requires daily medication
- Victoria police confirmed Buddy was found outside his home safe and well
A missing German Shepherd-Husky cross has returned home safe and well after a suspected dognapping incident, Victoria Police have confirmed.
Seven-year-old Buddy had been missing since Monday, when thieves broke into his owner's Taylors Lakes home in the Melbourne's western suburbs.
When Jackie Hiett returned home from work she discovered a huge mess and several electronic items missing, along with her late mother’s wedding ring.
There was no sign of Buddy.
Buddy's co-owner Simon Mann said the situation was particularly worrying because Buddy suffered from epilepsy and required daily medication.
"We really need our boy back because he suffers from seizures and he needs his treatment," he told Eyewitness news earlier in the week.
"And because we love and miss him."
Jackie and Simon said they say they couldn't imagine life without their four-legged companion.
"I am devastated, I've just never felt like this, we are desperate to have him returned safely, we don’t care about who did it,” said Mann at the time.
"We just want our dog back."
Pictures of Buddy were shared almost one thousand times on social media.
On Wednesday a possible lead emerged when a fellow dog-lover responded to a plea to find Buddy by posting to Facebook a video of a man leading a dog by his hands.
Police have now confirmed Buddy was found on the front door step of his owners' home on Saturday morning and was "safe and well."
Detectives are however continuing to investigate the burglary and are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.