Barney the puppy found after Barnham arrest

Picture provided by Sussex Police. SUS-170324-112124001
Picture provided by Sussex Police. SUS-170324-112124001

A puppy stolen in the burglary of a house in Barnham has been found and returned to its owner, police have confirmed.

Police said Barney, a golden retriever, was recovered as officers arrested a man in Barnham on Saturday evening (March 25).

Owners Stephanie and Chris Scott posted a delighted update on Facebook to say their much loved pet was home safe and sound after an appeal on social media was shared more than 200,000 times.

Stephanie said Barney is going to the vets for a check up, but seems unharmed.

“He was a bit dirty and horrible but he’s had a bath and lots of TLC so he’s okay,” she said.

“It’s amazing, I can’t believe we have him home to be honest.

“We’ve had so much help and the response, people have been amazing, but it was like a finding a needle in a haystack.

“We’re lucky, very lucky.”

Police said a 25-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and possession of a controlled drug of Class A - other.

He was bailed to return on April 24, police added.

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