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Missing dog found in stolen car

Cuba the collie: Pic Amanda Herdman
Cuba appears none the worse for his dognapping ordeal

A family pet "dognapped" by a car thief in Cornwall has been found.

Cuba the six-year-old collie was sitting in the back of his family's car when the Renault Clio was stolen from Kimberley Place in Falmouth.

Gary Lockwood and Amanda Herdman searched for hours for their "beloved" dog before police phoned to say the car had been found, with Cuba inside.

"The poor dog was so traumatised, he wouldn't let the police into the car," Ms Herdman said.

The car was found less than a mile (1.4km) away in Acacia Road.

'Free lift'

Police said no damage was done to the car and nothing appeared to be missing.

Ms Herdman believes the thief took the car during a torrential downpour.

"It was really chucking down - maybe the thief thought he'd have a free lift home," she said.

Ms Herdman said Cuba appeared none the worse for his ordeal.

"Mind you, he sulked a bit with Gary at first - I think he blames his dad for leaving him in the car in the first place," she said.

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