Stolen Bulldog Found Four Years Later

Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 9:19 PM CST
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A bulldog stolen four years ago from a California home has turned up some 2,800 miles away.

The English bulldog named Maggie was taken from a home in Patterson, California in 2015.

Last month, she turned up in Sarasota, Florida after police arrested a couple suspected in a string of home burglaries.

According to police, 52-year-old Tracie Defee stole the dog and fled to Florida.

Police say while there, defer, and 48-year-old Michael Paine took Maggie with them on various break-ins.

Police asked people to be on the look-out for the dog, hoping it would lead them to the thieves. Eventually, a neighbor recognized Maggie and called the Sarasota Police Department.

The couple was arrested and now face a variety of criminal charges including burglary, trespassing and dealing in stolen property.

As for Maggie, she was put on a plane and sent back to California where she was reunited with her rightful owner.