A RESCUE dog that was snatched in a shocking theft from a charity has been found and safely returned by police.

Last week the Journal published an urgent appeal for one-year-old Luna the Lurcher after she was stolen on Thursday, February 20, at about 1.30pm.

But they were delighted when following an investigation by West Mercia Police, she was returned and is now being given extra fuss to help her recover from the ordeal.

Emma Bragginton, Dogs Trust Evesham’s assistant manager, said: "It had been such a worrying time for us, so we were so relieved when West Mercia Police called to say she had been found.

"She was evidently distressed by the ordeal but she is clearly very happy to be back with her carers and we are spoiling her with non-stop cuddles and plenty of dog friendly chocolate drops."

It was PC Les Pegler from Evesham's Safer Neighbourhood team that managed to track down Luna five days after she was taken from the kennels.

He said he used CCTV to trace the suspect, using his car registration, to Cardiff.

Under the police's Community Resolution scheme, he secured Luna's safe return to the Rehoming Centre, along with a donation from the person responsible.

He said: "We are extremely happy that she is back but it all stems from the fact they have taken down the registration number.

"I am really pleased with the outcome. I have dogs myself and Luna is a lovely dog. The outcome sends out the right message."

Now the charity are hoping someone will want to give Luna a good home.

Ms Bragginton added: "After all this poor girl has been through we really hope that she finds the happy loving home for life which she so deserves.

"She needs an experienced, patient owner who will help her settle in and become part of the family. Luna a stunning dog with a lovely nature who would make the perfect pet in the right home."

If you can give Luna a loving home please call Dogs Trust Evesham rehoming centre on 01386 830613.