A DOG was reunited with its owner after police recognised the pooch following a burglary in Darfield last year.

On November 10, officers responded to reports of a burglary on College Terrace where black patterdale terrier, Peggy, was stolen.

A few months later, the Barnsley South Neighbourhood Team were carrying out enquiries with West Yorkshire Police when an officer spotted a familiar looking dog.

Sgt Rebecca Fleming said: “Our officer spotted Peggy, recognising her from photos provided by the family.

“With a little encouragement, we managed to get her into the back of the police car - it’s a daunting ride for anyone.

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“The officer took Peggy back to Darfield where her owner was able to identify her straight away.

“A little shaken from the ordeal, Peggy eventually relaxed and realised she was back home where she was loved.

“We all love a happy ending.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, dog thefts have increased across the borough.

“We are urging everyone with a dog to be vigilant to ensure their dog’s safety,” Sgt Fleming added.

“Dog thefts can often be linked to organised crime groups as a way of making money as the demand for dogs has significantly increase.

“Please take steps to keep your dog safe and out of the hands of criminals.

“If you believe your dog has been stolen always report it to the police via 101 and also report it to your local authority’s dog warden service, local vets and rescue centres. ”

A 22-year-old man has been charged with burglary in connection to this incident.