Woman becomes super sleuth on Facebook and tracks down real owners of ‘stolen’ Shih Tzu

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A woman turned into a sleuth by using Facebook to track down the rightful owner of a missing dog found 40 miles away after she became suspicious of her neighbor.

Anna Taylor, 57, said she turned to social media to see if anyone had reported a missing Shih Tzu when she got a strange suspicion about a neighbor’s ‘new’ dog in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

Lili, a five-year-old Shih Tzu, disappeared from the street where she lived with owners Arek and Kasia Talarek, both 43, and their children Monika, 10, and Mikolaj, 15.

Mr Talarek said the dog went missing in mid-March and ran down the street while he and his wife unloaded their car at their home in Gillingham.

Lili the Shih Tzu

Anna Taylor, 57, said she turned to social media to see if anyone had reported a missing Shih Tzu when she got a strange suspicion about a neighbor’s ‘new’ dog in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. In the photo: Lili the Shih Tzu is reunited with her real family

He said, ‘It’s happened before, and all my neighbors know my dogs, so to be honest, I really wasn’t too concerned when she walked away.

But after two minutes of watching I started running and thinking, ‘Where’s Lili?’ ‘

He eventually spoke to a neighbor who said they saw two men pick up Lili.

“My daughter Monika was really sad, she cried every day,” he said.

‘The dog is actually my wife’s dog, she was so sad. Lili had been with us for five years since I bought her for my wife for her birthday, ”he explained.

He added, “Lili is a member of the family.”

Almost a month later, retired teaching assistant Mrs. Taylor saw a woman with a new dog.

After hours of searching, Ms. Taylor found a message that matched a dog groomer's description of the little Shih Tzu, she called the company, who then put her in touch with Mr. Talarek

After hours of searching, Ms. Taylor found a message that matched a dog groomer’s description of the little Shih Tzu, she called the company, who then put her in touch with Mr. Talarek

But she immediately became suspicious when the story behind how she bought the dog was wrong.

Mrs. Taylor, a mother of four, said the woman did not introduce them to the new dog.

She also claimed her dog was a puppy, but after checking Lili’s teeth, Mrs. Taylor realized she was about five years old.

She then did some Facebook detective work and spent hours checking out lost dog posts on social media.

She explained, ‘That night it annoyed and annoyed me, so I checked Facebook and went through all the different lost dog sites.’

After hours of searching, Ms. Taylor found a message that matched a dog groomer’s description of the little Shih Tzu, she called the company, who then put her in touch with Mr. Talarek.

Pictured: Anna Taylor tracking down Lili's rightful owners

Pictured: Anna Taylor tracking down Lili’s rightful owners

In the photo: Lili is reunited with her owners in an emotional video

In the photo: Lili is reunited with her owners in an emotional video

The pair compared the notes and soon realized that the dog she’d seen was missing Lili.

Mrs. Taylor said, “I gave the police all this information, but they were not very helpful.

She sent a message to Laura Sullivan, who spends her spare time rescuing and relocating vulnerable and lost animals, as well as another animal lover named Chelle Foreman.

They both got into it right away. I texted Arek and told him, “The police really didn’t do anything,” she said.

Laura and Chelle were able to speak to the new owner, who had them scan the puppy’s microchip – a must for all pets, as it allows real owners to be identified in cases of missing and stolen dogs.

The scan revealed that she had been reported stolen by her real owner. But the new owner refused to hand over the dog unless Arek came to pick her up himself in a few days.

A moving video shows Kasia fighting back tears as she reunites with the dog - who is visibly overjoyed to be back with her mother.

A moving video shows Kasia fighting back tears as she reunites with the dog – who is visibly overjoyed to be back with her mother.

About 20 minutes later, he, his wife, and their children had arrived and the family was reunited, with footage of little Lili jumping back into her owner’s arms.

A moving video shows Kasia fighting back tears as she reunites with the dog – who is visibly overjoyed to be back with her mother.

Anna said that she and Arek both followed the police after the dog was found, as both suspected something much darker than a simple case of a missing dog.

Arek said: ‘The police really didn’t do anything, when Anna showed me a picture of the dog I was 100 percent sure it was Lili.

But the police said they couldn’t be sure.

‘They told me if I went to pick her up myself, they would arrest me. I was raging.

“I can’t tell you how happy my wife was when she was reunited with the dog.”

Anna said, ‘The police were useless. It’s all red tape and stupidity. ‘

A Kent police spokesman said: “ Kent police received a report on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 that a dog had been stolen in Gillingham between 4:00 and 4:30 PM.

Officers scrutinized all available lines of investigation, and on Sunday, April 4, after receiving further information, a dog warden collected the dog from an address in Westgate-on-Sea.

“It was then reunited with his family on the same day.”

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