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Ruby reunited with her family in Co Cork

Ruby reunited with her family in Co Cork

Ruby reunited with her family in Co Cork

Gardai have reunited stolen springer spaniel 'Ruby' with her family in Co. Cork after she was traced to the UK.

In June 2020, an investigation was launched by gardai in Midleton after Ruby's family reported that she had been stolen from her kennel.

Detectives made an appeal for information on the Garda Southern Region Facebook page, which was viewed by more than 100,000 people.

A garda spokesman said the post was "spotted by an eagle eyed lady in the UK."

"The lady made contact after she had seen Ruby was up for sale on a website in the UK. With the assistance of Somerset Police, Ruby was recovered and made the some 500km journey via Rosslare back to Midleton in time for Christmas," the spokesman said.

After being stolen, Ruby had her microchip removed and was in poor health when retuned to her family.

Ruby's owners, Bernard and Liz Ahern said "We are absolutely thrilled to have Ruby back home. We are so grateful to the lady who spotted Ruby for sale, the Somerset Police, and our Gardaí here in Midleton."

Superintendent of the Midleton District, Adrian Gamble said "We are delighted to have been a part of Ruby's safe return to her loving family and appeal to all pet owners to take all extra security precautions and ensure their pets are microchipped.

"I especially wish to thank everyone for sharing the social media appeal to help find Ruby, and the lady in the UK who spotted Ruby for sale- these people are the real heroes of the investigation.

"The services of our Crime Prevention Officers and Community Garda are freely available upon request through any Garda Station across the country. We are ever present in our communities to keep people safe and offer crime prevention advice."

The garda spokesman said the investigation into the theft of Ruby is still being actively pursued.

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