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Adorable Dog 'Simba' Found Safe After Being Stolen In Car Theft

A Labrador Staffy X has been reunited with his owner after their car was stolen on Tuesday, leaving his owner searching streets sick with worry.

Simba's owner's car was stolen on Tuesday from Adelaide's CBD, but his adventure ended in the back of another car -- this time with police.

The missing dog was one passenger the officers were happy to have in the back of their car.

Simba had been missing since Tuesday night. Picture: 10 News First

The 11-month-old pup went missing when his owner, Jessica Tze, left him in her car as she quickly ran into the supermarket. She kept the car running so Simba could stay cool in the air conditioning.

Tze says she was gone only a couple of minutes, but when she came out, her Commodore -- and Simba -- were missing. Distraught, she searched the Adelaide CBD for hours but couldn't find him anywhere.

Finally, late on Wednesday evening, she got the call she'd been waiting for -- Simba had been found.

"I just can't stop crying," she told 10 News First on Thursday.

"Yesterday I slept with him all night, like with a big hug."

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He'd spent the night with Maryanne Watson, after her neighbour found him tied to a pole outside their inner city unit block.

"He's just a gentle giant," said Watson.

"A beautiful, beautiful dog. Very sooky, he cried every time we walked out the door."

Another of Watson's neighbours spotted Simba on the news and alerted her, and called police who came to collect him.

Tze says Simba is like a son to her. Picture: 10 News First

Witnesses told 10 News First they saw the suspect dump the dog late on Tuesday night, before taking off once again in the stolen Commodore, which was later found abandoned outside an Everard Park home.

The suspected car thief remains on the run, but fortunately, Simba wasn't harmed.

Tze will now take her beloved pet to the vet for a check up, and she's incredibly grateful he was looked after so well.

"I don't know what I can say, I really thank them for what they did," she said.

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