Two men arrested and brought to court for theft of pet dogs in Limerick
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Two men arrested and brought to court for theft of pet dogs in Limerick

TWO MEN have been arrested and brought before the courts for the theft of pet dogs in Limerick earlier this year.

In July, we reported on a pair of dog thieves who were caught red-handed by Gardaí with two springer-spaniels in a car park on the Old Dublin Road.

The men were unable to provide satisfactory answers when asked for proof of ownership, did not have any documentation for the hounds and claimed they were microchipped when they were not.

One Springer Spaniel was aged between 3 and 4 months when he was seized by Gardaí (Image: An Garda Síochána)
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The dogs, both male springer spaniels, were locked in cages and found cowering and "very nervous" around the men, and were taken into the care of an animal charity while Gardaí tried to find their owners.

Miraculously, the older spaniel, Jake, was reunited with his overjoyed owner, Gerard, within a few days.

Gerard and Jake shared a joyful reunion thanks to the work of Gardaí (Image: An Garda Síochána)

Officers were careful to make sure Jake was going back to his rightful owner, but said Gerard's description of him matched the dog-- and Jake's excited reaction at seeing Gerard proved the two were best friends.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to get Jake back," Gerard said at the time, adding: "I had lost hope cause he was gone for so long. I tried everything to get him back."

An Garda Síochána provided a positive update on the story yesterday, where they confirmed that two men had been arrested and brought before the courts in relation to the theft of the dogs.

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Update: Two men arrested & brought before the courts in relation to this matter.

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Posted by An Garda Síochána on Monday, 16 November 2020

They thanked everyone who had shared the original post on social media, noting it had been seen by a whopping 1.7 million people.

Sadly, Gardaí have been unable to trace the younger Springer Spaniel, who was aged about three months when he was stolen, but he has been adopted into a loving new family.