Stolen pedi­gree dog re­turns home

Rotorua Daily Post - - Local News - Zizi Sparks

The “bounce and joy” has re­turned to the lives of the Chriso­hoou fam­ily after their miss­ing pedi­gree dog was found.

It was sus­pected the 2-year-old mi­crochipped male grey pedi­gree Amer­i­can Stafford­shire ter­rier was stolen from their Ed­mund Rd home on De­cem­ber 16, leav­ing the fam­ily of six dis­traught.

But fa­ther Ja­cob Chriso­hoou con­firmed to the Ro­torua Daily Post this week the beloved pet had been found.

“We are so happy, it was a very hard Christ­mas for us and that pe­riod of time with­out him.

“For me, our dogs are like fam­ily mem­bers so it was like hav­ing a child miss­ing.

“Hav­ing him home, it’s like the kids have their sib­ling back.

“It’s such a happy time for us, it’s brought the bounce and joy back into our lives.”

He said the power of so­cial me­dia had brought the dog home.

“Ev­ery­one re­ally got be­hind us. It was so amaz­ing, we are so grate­ful.”

He said the sup­port the fam­ily had been given was “hum­bling” but the fam­ily didn’t want to share the de­tails.

“At this time we would like to ask ev­ery­one to please not ask any ques­tions around how he went miss­ing, who took him and how we got him back.

“What we can tell you is that he was stolen, he was found a long way from home, get­ting him back wasn’t easy and he is un­for­tu­nately shaken up from his time away from his fam­ily.”

Ja­cob and Ali­cia Chriso­hoou are reg­is­tered dog breed­ers with Dogs New Zealand. The miss­ing dog was re­ported to po­lice.

PHOTO / FILE

The Chriso­hoou fam­ily was dev­as­tated when their dog went miss­ing, Tiana, 7, (left) Kaia, 5, fa­ther Ja­cob, Amara, 11, mother Ali­cia and Ly­dia, 1.

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