A DOG stolen from its owner four years ago has at last been found.
The female spaniel, called Bluebell, was reunited with its owner, Louise Dewey.
The pouch was found straying in North Mundham, just outside Chichester, on the weekend of October 24 and 25.
A member of the public took the dog to Alpha Vet Pets, Chichester, which then alerted Chichester District Council’s dog wardens.
Luckily, Bluebell had been microchipped and when the vet checked the details found she was registered to an owner in Kent.
Ms Dewey said: ‘We just can’t believe she’s back.
‘Apart from being a bit older and a bit more timid she’s no different.
‘Obviously we don’t know the life that she’s had while she’s been away from us.
‘It’s definitely made me more hopeful about the possibility of getting our other two dogs back as well.
‘I was really shocked – to have her home is really exciting. She’s been having a few treats, some chicken and sausage and she is getting on well with our cocker spaniels and Labradors.’
She added: ‘My advice to any dog owner would be to make sure you microchip your dogs, and then to keep the details up-to-date.’