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Community helps find hijacked dogs

KwaZulu-Natal - A Durban woman whose bakkie was hijacked this week has been reunited with her two Labradors, who were in the vehicle at the time.

Bridget Shelley, 60, of Alverstone was pulled out of her vehicle by three men at an intersection, and was unable to retrieve her dogs before the criminals drove off, Beeld reported on Thursday.

File photo: A woman who's bakkie was hijacked with her dogs still in it, was reunited with her pets after an internet post asking for help. Credit: AP

With the help of the online community, she found the dogs, Shogun and Shingwetzi, near the suburb of Sherwood, about 40km from where her bakkie was stolen.

Shelley told the newspaper that she had searched for two days, and had notified community action group SA Can about the hijacking and the missing dogs.

Within half an hour of her posting an internet message, people started calling her to say they thought they had spotted the missing pair.

It eventually emerged that a concerned couple in Sherwood had found the lost animals, fed them and taken them to an animal shelter, where staff put two and two together and notified Shelley of her pets' whereabouts.

“Criminals can take all my possessions, but they must leave my animals alone,” Shelley said.

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