Statistics show that around the world, a burglary takes place every 15 seconds.
Read that sentence three times, and someone got burgled.
Usually thieves are looking for items that have a high street value and that can be pawned or sold easily; jewelry, silver and gold items, coins, cash, small electronics, etc.
That’s what police in the Croyden Hills community of Victoria, Australia believe happened when thieves chose the home of the Hood-Sardi family to rob.
While the house was empty when the family went to a doctor’s appointment, thieves gathered up a laptop, an iPad, and some jewelry.
But, what the family was most devastated to find missing wasn’t something that police usually see on their report of stolen items:
The thieves also took their 4-year-old daughter’s Labrador retriever puppy, Sasha!
“I was heartbroken, I’m still shaking … we are really sad,” Elena Sardi told ABC News.
“I don’t care about the rest, but the dog, we want her home as soon as possible.”
The family had adopted Sasha only a week earlier, but the puppy had bonded with Maia almost immediately.
The two had been inseparable, with Maia falling asleep with the puppy in its dog bed almost every night.
“It’s been tough, my daughter has had nightmares the first night,” Maia’s father, Ryan Hood, told Today.
“It’s very difficult to explain to a four-year-old how something like this could happen, you never think that they would take a puppy.”
The thieves probably didn’t think very long when they plucked up the young puppy.
But what they couldn’t have known was that they had picked the wrong puppy to pupnap!
What they had no way of knowing was that Sasha had been microchipped and her chip was permanently recorded by her veterinarians.
She would be traceable throughout her life!
The chip can be scanned, using a tool like the one used in stores to check barcodes.
It will show the dog’s name, owner, address and phone number. All vets and most other animal care facilities have scanners to check possibly lost pets that come through their door.
One of the many news sources that picked up the story of the dognapping mentioned the microchip in their news report.
They informed the thieves, that, if they were listening, they should return the puppy to the family or risk being tracked down through the implanted chip.
Victoria Police also mentioned through social media that the animal was microchipped.
No one will ever know whether the thieves were shamed by the response to all the media about someone stealing a little girl’s dog.
Or perhaps, they were frightened by the news that the dog had a microchip which could lead the police to them.
Whatever the reason, the family got the nicest present possible!
“We didn’t want to get our hopes up,” Ryan told Australia’s Today.
“And then this morning, my wife got up to make herself a coffee, walked past the sliding door, and noticed that there was a figure moving by the kennel.”
“We think that whoever took her has either has a conscience or got scared and just dropped her over the fence,” Ryan added.
“We don’t care, to be honest, we’re just glad to have her back.”
I think the look on Maia’s face says it all. We are all indeed, glad Sasha is back!
May Maia and Sasha have many years ahead to share together.
Thanks to the thieves for having a conscience (or for being smart enough to do the right thing).
Can you help reunite 8-week-old pup Sasha with its owners? pic.twitter.com/aDb2i1jDkZ
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) November 8, 2017