Cocker spaniel returned after being ‘stolen’ from Beechwood Garden, Meopham, Gravesend

A Meopham family are “over the moon” after they were reunited with their missing dog, four months since they believe she was stolen.

Yesterday evening, Cintia Gardner and her family were eating dinner when they spotted Honey, their golden cocker spaniel who had been missing since June , sitting by their back door.

Honey after she was reunited with her family, having been missing since June
Honey after she was reunited with her family, having been missing since June

Moments later, Mrs Gardner received anonymous call from someone instructing her to look in the back garden, before hanging up.



Mrs Gardner, who has two children aged three and eight, said: “No one was out there, it was very dark because there weren’t any street lights. We are over the moon. It’s almost like a miracle. The kids are extremely happy to have her back.

“Honey was very excited last night. She seems well, she’s been well looked after.”

The Beechwood Gardens family have no idea who bought the 21-month-old back or made the anonymous call.

Mrs Cintia said: “The most important thing is Honey is back home with her family where she belongs.”

Honey is now back home has been missing since June 17
Honey is now back home has been missing since June 17

A campaign was launched to find Honey after she vanished from her cul-de-sac home, with a search party launched, posters plastered in the local area and a Facebook group set up.

The spaniel was micro-chipped and wearing a collar with the family’s number on it when she went missing.

The family think Honey might have left her garden through an open gate, following another dog, but they don’t know for sure.

The month the beloved pooch disappeared, a stolen cavapoo called Peanut was found by police wandering along a busy road in Maidstone , three days after he was reported missing.

The Kennel Club, an organisation dedicated to the welfare of dogs, warned during the summer that scams and instances of rip-off merchants illegally selling puppies have sky-rocketed during the coronavirus crisis.

Mrs Gardner thanked Dog Lost UK, an organisation which tries to reunite owners with their pets, for all their assistance.

Kent Police has been contacted for comment.

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