Nipper the Jack Russell who was taken by a mystery man in a van more than a week ago has been found safe and well.
The dog was handed in to the RSPCA and owners Wendy and Gary Roche are on their way to collect him.
A major online campaign was launched by the family from Polegate appealing for their much loved pet to be returned.
He had last been seen on Sunday June 28 on Pevensey Bay Road outside ASDA opposite Kingsmere after getting out of a garden.
It is believed he was taken by a balding man in his 40s who was driving a white or silver van with writing on the side.
He told passers by he was taking Nipper to a vet as he had details on his collar.
But the little dog disappeared and particularly hit Gary hard as he suffered a brain injury and Nipper is his constant companion.
The family also has another dog called Smudge who was pining for Nipper.
The online campaign was called Make Nipper too Hot to Handle.
Wendy, the mother of Eastbourne DJ Ryan Milnes, said, “A man in a Citroen Berlingo van was seen grabbing Nipper and that was the last time he was seen. The balding man told passers by he was taking Nipper to the vets but the vets or us have had no contact at all.”
Today the online campaign page said Nipper had been found, his chip checked and he was being reunited with the family.
Wendy said, “We are not sure whether the thief handed him in or someone who was sold the dog handed him in but we want to thank everyone who helped find him and made him too hot to handle.”
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