A STAFFY dog stolen on June 20 has been safely returned to her owners thanks to help from the public after a WA police Facebook update was posted.
Layla, a white cross mastiff staffy with brown spots, was stolen while her owners were shopping in Innaloo and she was tied up outside.
Acting Sergeant Glen Morey said the dog was located with a person who was not responsible for the theft.
“It was an opportunistic crime and the person thought they were caring for a lost dog not realising the dog had been stolen beforehand,” he said.
“Layla wasn’t the type of dog to run away so the owners then knew she had been stolen.”
Sgt Morey said it was not common for dogs to be taken while tied up.
“More often than not dogs will be stolen from backyards,” he said.
Sgt Morey said police were still trying to find the offender and inquiries were continuing.
The WA Police Facebook post about Layla was shared over 1000 times and many other Facebook users told of similar experiences.
Mahy Fly said they were sick of “scumbags stealing fur babies”.
“I’m so sick of these scumbags stealing our fur babies something needs to be done before us animal lovers take matters into our own hands- ours have been missing for six weeks today.”