Homeless man overjoyed after being reunited with dog stolen three weeks before
A homeless man says he's "over the moon" after being reunited with his dog which was stolen three weeks ago and transported more than 170 miles away.
Bear, an American Akita, is a familiar sight to to city centre shoppers in Exeter along with his owner Mark.
The black and cream coated dog often lounges in town centre doorways and on the pavement close to beloved owner Mark.
But the pooch vanished without trace on July 23 leaving Mark completely distraught.
Police were informed and friends made a public appeal.
A partial CCTV image showed Bear leaving the High Street but there were no clues who had taken him.
Friends posted flyers all around the town in a desperate bid to find Bear.
The flyers said: "Missing dog, named Bear.
"He has a floppy left ear and white spot near his tail.
"Went missing in Exeter town centre."
An appeal shared widely on social media showing the flyers read: ""This man's dog has been taken from him, the only thing he has.
"If you know anything please ring contact number on poster."
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Another post said Mark had been left "heart broken and giving up any hope of seeing him [Bear] again" after the dog went missing.
But Bear eventually ended up being found in London, more than 170 miles drive away from Exeter, last week when police shut down a squat in the capital.
A kennel worker saw the appeal and was able to reunite dog and owner.
Despite Mark being on the streets, he had made sure Bear was microchipped and registered on the nationwide Petlog database.
He said: "I'm over the moon to have him back of course. All I know is that the police shut down a squat in Paddington and found him there.
"The police didn't let the Petlog people know he had gone missing and if it wasn't for people posting on Facebook I wouldn't have got him back.
"I'd just like to thank everyone who helped."
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