An Australian family was “devastated” when their new puppy was stolen during a burglary at their home, according to the BBC. But the thieves seemingly had a change of heart and brought the puppy home.
Sasha, an eight-week-old Labrador puppy, was taken during a burglary at the family’s Melbourne home on Nov. 6, along with items like a laptop, an iPad, and jewelry, Victoria Police said.
The story made national news in the country when owner Ryan Hood told Australian news outlets that Sasha is his 4-year-old daughter Maia's "best friend."
Hood told Australia’s Today, “We've only had her a week, but she's part of the family.”
“She was my daughter's best friend, and those two spent each night falling asleep together in the dog bed," he said.
Asked to describe Sasha, Maia cried and shook her head.
But shortly after, the family discovered Sasha in their yard last Thursday.
"We didn't want to get our hopes up,” Hood told Australia’s Today in another interview. “And then this morning, my wife got up to make herself a coffee, walked past the sliding door, and noticed that there was a figure moving by the kennel.
"We think that whoever took her has either has a conscience or got scared and just dropped her over the fence ... we don't care, to be honest, we're just glad to have her back," he added.
Hood said Sasha was unharmed but developed a "fascination for shoes" during her absence.
Victoria Police posted a video of Maia reunited with Sasha and said it is still investigating the burglary.