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RoThe owner of a miniature Dachshund puppy s stolen by heartless thieves has been reunited with her pet – and says she is ‘overwhelmed’ by the kindness of people who helped her.

She enlisted the help of Beauty’s Legacy – a voluntary group which helps reunite lost and found animals with their owners and advertised the incident on social media.

Lisa Dean, who runs the charity said: “Following the release of CCTV footage and various witnesses coming forward, we had a phone call from a member of the public and the dog was recovered from a property in Rochdale yesterday evening. “

The owner, who asked not to be named, said: “I am overwhelmed with how kind and helpful everyone has been.

‘I can’t believe I have got him back’

“Thousands of people have tried to get him back.

“Lisa has been an absolute angel. I would not have got him back if it was not for her.

“It was surreal seeing him again. He ran over and started licking my face.

“I can’t believe I have got him back – I am so happy.”

Two men were captured on CCTV at around 5.39am on Monday. The burglary happened on Randolph Street in Levenshulme.

Roland, who was asleep in his bed in the kitchen at the time, was snatched, along with the woman’s black Peugeot and handbag.

After the burglary, she said: “They found my keys, which were in my handbag, and took Roland away in my car.

“I did not hear anything and from the CCTV footage, it was all really quick.

Roland’s been reunited with his happy owner

“Roland was downstairs in the kitchen asleep in his bed.

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“I just woke up this morning and thought it was weird that he wasn’t there – then I came downstairs and could not see him.

“I realised when I saw all the drawers and cupboards open.”

Lisa, who says she is over the moon to have reunited the pair added: “Massive gratitude to the public for coming forward.

“It is such a relief. I am over the moon for the owner.

“Both her and Roland are exhausted, but he does not seem to be too bad after his ordeal.”

Lisa said Roland’s owner, who suffers from anxiety, has had her mental ill-health has been sent ‘through the roof’.

She said: “It’s such an intrusion. She has had her life turned upside down.”

Roland’s owner says she is still afraid to return to her house and is staying with friends.

The car’s registration plate is VN15 SMX. It’s still missing.

In a statement Greater Manchester Police earlier said: “At around 8.20am today, Monday, we received a report of a burglary on Randolph Street, Manchester.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

Written by Lynn Foster