Exeter homeless man ‘overjoyed’ to be reunited with stolen dog

A homeless man has been reunited with his dog – three weeks after it was stolen and taken to London.

Bear, an American Akita, is a familiar site to to city centre shoppers.

The black and cream coated dog often lounges in Exeter doorways and on the pavement close to owner Mark.

But on July 23 he vanished without trace, leaving Mark distraught.

Police were informed and friends made a public appeal.

A partial CCTV image showed Bear leaving the High Street but there were no clues who had taken him.

The dog was found last week when police shut down a squat in the capital.

A kennel worker saw the appeal and was able to reunite dog and owner.

Despite Mark being on the streets, he had made sure Bear was microchipped and registered on the nationwide Petlog database.

He said: “I’m over the moon to have him back of course. All I know is that the police shut down a squat in Paddington and found him there.

Bear is back in Exeter city centre
Bear is back in Exeter city centre

“The police didn’t let the Petlog people know he had gone missing and if it wasn’t for people posting on Facebook I wouldn’t have got him back.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who helped.”

Devon Live