Mystery surrounds discovery of Pippa the dog after police find her in Barnet

PUBLISHED: 14:11 11 November 2016

Pippa was last seen in Upminster on Friday

Pippa was last seen in Upminster on Friday

Pamela Khan (submitted)

The owners of runaway dog Pippa who went missing last week have spoken of their “overwhelming joy” after receiving a call to say their beloved dog was found.

Owner Yousuf has told the Recorder he received a call from Colindale Police Station in Barnet, yesterday afternoon to say officers had found his dog.

The Upminster resident was suspicious at first but soon realised officers did have the five-year-old miniature schnauzer which went missing last Friday.

A criminal investigation has now been launched to uncover how the dog managed to get so far away from her home.

Yousuf said: “Pippa is fit and healthy and has showed no signs of being traumatised, it seems she has been looked after.

“We have no idea how she managed to get to Barnet but I cannot begin to explain how happy we are to have her back.

“I want to thank everyone who has been involved in sharing posts about Pippa and helping us get her back.”

Pippa’s owners believed she escaped from her home in Granton Avenue, Upminster, as work was being carried out at the house.

After realising Pippa was missing, owners Yousuf and Pamela set up a Facebook group in a desperate attempt to find her.

It led to hundreds of people joining the group in the hope of finding any information that could aid the search.

Yousuf also ended up being out till midnight in Aveley, near Thurrock, on Wednesday with a tracker dog after a sighting around the Esso petrol station, in Purfleet Road.

The owners have now planned a celebration event in Upminster Park tomorrow from 11am where people can come and see Pippa.

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