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Last Updated: Monday, 21 August 2006, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Puppy taken by car thieves found
Dora the puppy
Dora was in the back of the car when it was stolen
A 19-week old Beagle puppy missing after the car she was in was stolen while its businessman owner was in a meeting has been found safe and well.

Chris Phillips from Risca, Newport, had parked his 4x4 at nearby Llantarnam Business Park in Cwmbran.

He had left his pup, Dora, in the back but during the meeting the car was stolen along with the dog. Mr Phillips was so upset he put up a 1,000 reward.

Nearly four weeks later, Dora was found in Cardiff.

Mr Phillips said she was discovered in a garden of a house in the city by a neighbour who had seen appeals for the dog to be returned.

"We had a phone call to say that there was a puppy in Rumney Police Station in Cardiff," he explained.

"My wife and I went to verify that it was Dora and is was.

"Everyone is so pleased. She is looking fine, there's nothing drastically wrong with her although she could do with putting some weight on."

We are just glad she is home
Chris Phillips

Mr Phillips said his three children were delighted at the dog's return.

"Dora is a house dog and I think she had been left outside in the time she was missing.

"We are just glad she is home."

Mr Phillips said that he was grateful for everyone's help in finding the dog.

"We've had so many phone calls from people all over the country about her, and people living nearby have been so good looking for her," he said.

"Everyone thinks she was named Dora the explorer but she was called Dora because my daughter said she was 'dorable."

Although Dora has been returned home, the stolen vehicle still has not been found.

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