January 27, 2016 11:24 am
Updated: January 27, 2016 11:25 am

Owner ‘in shock’ after pit bull reported stolen is returned

WATCH: Home surveillance video from Blackfalds, Alberta allegedly shows an Alberta couples’ dog Prince being stolen.

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CALGARY – A dog that appeared to have been stolen from its central Alberta home on Jan. 21 has been safely returned to his owners.

Darla Stavropoulos said she first noticed her pit bull Prince was missing when she went outside to feed him last Thursday. The Blackfalds resident and her husband have two dogs, but said only one greeted her.

Surveillance video from the couple’s security system showed a dark-coloured vehicle pulling up to their front gate. A short time later, a dog seems to enter the vehicle, which then drives away.

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Although they filed a report with RCMP, Stavropoulos also took to social media to share the surveillance video in hopes of getting her dog back.

On Wednesday morning, Stavropoulos confirmed to Global News that Prince had been safely recovered.

Stavropoulos said she and her husband, Greg, received a call on Tuesday evening from someone claiming to know the alleged dog-napper.

According to Stavropoulos, a friend then went to a home in Sylvan Lake where they retrieved Prince. The pit bull was brought back to his home by midnight.

“I was just in shock,” Stavropoulos said.

According to Stavropoulos, the dog appears to be in good health.

The couple told Global News they will be speaking with RCMP on Wednesday and hope charges will be laid.

– With files from Jodi Hughes

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