WATCH – Dog Stolen with SUV in Illinois Reunites with Family in Alabama: ‘So Glad’

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A dog who disappeared from Mansfield, Illinois, has been found safe in Greenville, Alabama, to everyone’s relief.

Tess, a gentle Goldendoodle, was stolen along with her family’s Lincoln Navigator on February 8, the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) explained in an update on Tuesday.

***UPDATE***February 14, 2023Update to original post – The Piatt County Sheriff's Office can confirm that Tess the…

Posted by Piatt County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Authorities discovered the vehicle in Nashville, Tennessee, the following day. However, Tess was still missing until early Tuesday when she was found walking with a man along an interstate, according to Fox 17.

“PCSO has been in contact with authorities in Alabama and this remains an active investigation,” the agency’s post read.

The Illinois couple who own Tess drove over ten hours to Greenville to reunite with their beloved seven-year-old pup, WKRG reported Thursday.

According to the outlet, not long after deputies saw the man walking with the dog, they transported him to jail. In addition, Tess’s microchip identified her owners who came to fetch her on Wednesday, the outlet said.

Video footage shows owner John Hannah hugging and rubbing Tess’s belly during their sweet reunion:

A kidnapped golden doodle is reunited with her family hundreds of miles away.The pet was inside the family's SUV when it was stolen in Illinois last week. The vehicle was found crashed in Nashville the next day, but the dog, Tess, was no where to be found. Police spotted Tess walking with a man on I-65 in Butler County, Alabama on Monday. The dog's microchipped help authorities reunite her with her owners.

Posted by Jessica Taloney WKRG on Thursday, February 16, 2023

He told Fox 17 that despite the ordeal, she appeared to be in “great condition.”

Goldendoodles are part Golden retriever and part poodle, according to the Rover website:

They are a hybrid breed beloved for their outgoing nature, friendly personality, and intelligence. They’re relatively new, gaining popularity since the 1990’s alongside other cross-breeds like Cockapoos and Labradoodles. Back in the day, they were thought to be hypoallergenic. These days, we know that they may or may not be better for allergies depending on the dog and the person; but most do have soft, wavy fur that sheds less than other dogs. They’re also one of the most popular breeds in the country.

Meanwhile, the PCSO’s followers were overjoyed when they heard the news that Tess had been found, one person saying they were “So glad” to hear it.

Another person said, “Happy Valentine’s Day to Tess and her Relieved Family.”


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