Mum reunited with stolen dog after she was found giving birth 240 miles away

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A dog who was stolen while heavily pregnant has been reunited with her owner after being found 240 miles away.

Mum-of-two Chloe Jade, from Devon, said she is “so glad” her dog Maggie is back after hooded thieves were caught on CCTV stealing the French Bulldog five weeks ago.

The 18-month-old dog was found by police while she was half-way through labour.

Maggie was rescued from an address in Manchester and taken to the vet, where she successfully gave birth to eight gorgeous puppies.

Chloe, 22, had bought the £2,000 pooch for her two-year-old son Ollie’s first birthday.

But when she was stolen just over a month ago, she feared she had been snatched for breeding as her pups could be worth up to £4,000.

After her appeal to help find the pooch went viral on social media, Chloe, of Bradninch, was called by the police to say Maggie had been found in Manchester.

She said: “My baby Maggie has been found safe thanks everyone literally everyone that shared.

“She went viral and we are just on the way to Manchester to pick her up because they stole her and took her 240 miles away from Devon.”

Chloe – also mum to Albie, one – added: “Mags you did so well I’m so proud of you did it all yourself.

“She was stolen and found halfway through labour she was took to a vets were we picked her up from.

“She done absolutely brilliant on her own, she’s got eight healthy puppies and she’s so proud of them.

“And I’m so proud of what you’ve been through.

“My strong doggy I love you and so glad your back with us safe we love you Maggie [sic].”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Maggie the French Bulldog was taken from an address in Bradninch in Devon on May 13 while she was heavily pregnant.

“Following information from the public, officers from the Trafford West Neighbourhood Team diligently gathered intelligence, which indicated the dog was being kept at an address on Moss Lane in Partington.

“Following further inquiries, officers were let into the property on June 12 and the dog was discovered as she was having her puppies.

“All of the dogs were recovered and taken into veterinary care, and are doing well.”

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and released under investigation.

A 33-year old-man has also been arrested on suspicion of theft, and released under investigation.

Insp Jon Ezard said: “This is a fantastic result with a happy ending for Maggie, Maggie’s owner and all of her pups.

“Thanks to the diligent and persistent work of officers in the Trafford West Neighbourhood Team, and our partners at Devon and Cornwall Police.”