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Rush Green dog owner brought to tears when reunited with chihuahua after break-in

PUBLISHED: 15:31 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:31 26 March 2015

Mara's dog was stolen from her house when she was out and put out an appeal to help find her dog - £1,000 reward. 
Mr & Mrs Peacoct, found the dog turned down the reward.
Colin and Gladys Peacoct, with Mara Almiga and Sophya the Chihuahua

Mara's dog was stolen from her house when she was out and put out an appeal to help find her dog - £1,000 reward. Mr & Mrs Peacoct, found the dog turned down the reward. Colin and Gladys Peacoct, with Mara Almiga and Sophya the Chihuahua

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A dog owner was brought to tears when a couple reunited her with her pooch – missing after a break-in – but turned down the reward money.

Mara Almeida, 33, of Great Cullings, Rush Green, could not believe it when she received a phone call on National Puppy Day telling her that her chihuahua Sophya had been found.

She said: “I am so grateful to the lovely couple that gave her back to me. She means the absolute world to me and I just cannot thank them enough.”

When Mara came back home from visiting her sister on Saturday, she discovered someone had broken into her house and found not only her jewellery and handbags were missing but also her beloved pet.

She said: “Sophya just had a puppy a few days before she went missing so I was worried for the pair of them.

“As soon as I found out she was gone, I started making lots of posters asking if anyone had seen her and offered a £1,000 reward – I was going to sell my car to get the money.

“It broke my heart – she’s so precious to me.”

A few days after Sophya had gone missing, Colin and Gladys Peacock came across a cardboard box in the middle of Parsloes Park, in Dagenham, while walking their dogs in the early hours of the morning.

Colin, 60, of Dagenham. said: “We didn’t know what it was but when we looked inside, there was this small dog looking up at us!

“It was very strange how the dog was just left there so we took it to the PDSA round the corner.

“There was a poster with a picture of the dog on the

window so we phoned the number.”

When Mara heard Sophya had been found, she rushed to the PDSA with

her children.

She said: “I was in floods of tears – I couldn’t stop crying because I was so happy to see her again.”

Mara offered the cash reward to Colin and Gladys but they refused to take her money.

Colin said: “She was crying and we didn’t want to take advantage of her.

“We didn’t do it for the money – it would just be nice to think that someone would do the same for us if we were ever in that position ourselves.”

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