Reunited: Owners delight after springer spaniel taken during Land Rover theft is found

A photo of a springer spaniel that resembles springer spaniel Dan who has now been found. (s)
A photo of a springer spaniel that resembles springer spaniel Dan who has now been found. (s)
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One of a pair of missing springer spaniels taken during the theft of a Land Rover Defender has been found.

Springer spaniel Dan, who was in the back of Ribble Valley builder and part-time gamekeeper Charly Nutter’s dark green Land Rover Defender when it was stolen from outside The Eagle at Barrow between 4 and 4-10 pm on Wednesday January 6th, has been found in Gloucester.

A photo of a springer spaniel dog that resembles now found dog Finn. (s)

A photo of a springer spaniel dog that resembles now found dog Finn. (s)

However, the search is still on for Charly’s other springer spaniel Finn who was also in the back of the Land Rover when it was taken.

This morning Charly’s wife Debra spoke of the family’s delight.

“We are thrilled to bits,” she said. “We thought we would never see him again and thought he was gone forever.

“Because he was the one not micro-chipped it now gives us renewed hope that we will find Finn who is micro-chipped.”

The couple drove down to Evesham yesterday (Wednesday) to collect Dan and returned with him at around 8 pm last night.

“He was quite subdued when we picked him up, but when we got him home he went straight to his kennel, had a drink and had some food, and was like a different dog,” said Mrs Nutter.

Charly was making a delivery of birds to the back entrance of The Eagle at Barrow and had turned his back for just minutes to fill crates when thieves drove off in the Land Rover with the two dogs in the back.

Following the theft, an article published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times and posted on our Facebook page went viral being shared more than 1,600 times and reaching an audience of more than 13,000 people.

Charly and his family are now hoping to keep the momentum of the search going in the hope that Finn, who Charly has had since just before Christmas, can also be found.

Mrs Nutter praised the public for their response to the appeal and asked for them to continue to help in their search for Finn.

Police are also keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the incident and the vehicle’s whereabouts.

The Land Rover, registration number YE64 WNN, is a very distinctive “working” Land Rover, not a Land Rover Discovery, and has a spare wheel on the back. It also has a roof rack and is kitted out to carry tools. Anyone with information should contact the police by calling 101.