This is the moment Cassie was reunited with her owners.
The cocker spaniel was just a puppy when she was stolen in Surrey eight years ago.
Her owners Stuart and Jayne Wiley had given up on ever seeing her again.
“The wife was only saying a few weeks, months ago’ she said ‘I think Cassie’s dead now’,” says Stuart.
But Cassie was very much alive.
And thanks to a microchip and a vigilant vet, they got an unexpected call with some good news.
“She said of, we’re a vet in Chichester, did you have the chocolate cocker? I said: we did eight years ago, but she got stolen. She said, she’s come into the vets with her and we scanned her and we found out she’s your dog. I said, that’s right,” says Stuart.
But the search was not over yet.
The Wiley’s had to call on a specialist investigator to follow the clues and sniff out the location of their long-lost pet.
“Well, the veterinary nurse had to give Cassie back to the person that brought the dog to the practice, and when she contacted us, it was a case of us looking at who we knew that were breeding illegally in that area, and we were very, very quick to identify the couple that had Cassie,” says Colin Butcher from The Pet Detectives.
That information was enough for Sussex Police, the RSPCA and Trading Standards to launch a raid on the premises holding Cassie.
She had found along with three of her puppies who have now been rehomed.
“It’s just is wonderful to get Cassie back after eight years. When you tell people about it, they say eight years? I’ll say, yeah, I’m afraid, it was eight years,” says Stuart.
Despite being away for so many years, her owners say Cassie has settled back into her home with ease.