Promise isn’t so sure about her buddy Chaddy, but the owner of the Yorkshire terriers is happy to have them both back at home.
“Promise, she’s looking at Chaddy like her nose is bent out of shape,” Durham resident Karen Jenkins said. “She’s looking at Chaddy like, oh, no, he’s back.”
Chaddy, 7, and Promise, 14, were swiped, along with some inexpensive jewelry, during a Thanksgiving Day break-in. Promise was found on Nov. 30 in a dog crate in the middle of an apartment complex parking lot on Hillandale Road. Chaddy wasn’t with her.
Durham County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit officers and Durham police have continued to investigate, but news reports finally brought Chaddy home on Wednesday afternoon, Jenkins said.
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Chaddy needs a bath and his top knot tied with a bow was cut off, Jenkins said, but he’s otherwise OK.
The woman who returned Chaddy said she bought him from some people who drove up while she was standing in her yard, Jenkins said. The people offered to sell her both dogs, saying they had to move and couldn’t take the Yorkies with them.
The woman said she couldn’t afford the female dog – believed to be Promise – so she bought Chaddy as a Christmas gift for her grandchildren, Jenkins said. But when she saw the dog on the news, she realized he had been stolen and called Jenkins to let her know.
“She had already fallen in love with him,” Jenkins said. “I know it was hard for her, because I’ve been there, too. I’ve been on the other end where I had to give back a stolen dog – over 40 years ago – and you fall in love with them, and it’s hard.”
Although Jenkins had offered a $5,000 reward for her dogs’ return, the woman only wanted what she had paid to buy him, she said. She gave her a little extra, Jenkins said.
Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
Jenkins said she’s already upgrading the security at her home – “no one’s gonna want to come around this house” – and keeping her dogs close.
“I’m afraid to leave them at home,” she said. “I had a doctor’s appointment today, which I couldn’t cancel, so I put them in a crate and took them to the doctor’s office with me.”