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Farmer reunited with his stolen dogs after nearly year

REUNITED: Booyal's Jim Svensson is happy to have recovered his dogs which went missing a year ago. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
REUNITED: Booyal's Jim Svensson is happy to have recovered his dogs which went missing a year ago. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

AFTER his two border collies went missing last year, Booyal cattle farmer Jim Svensson had almost given up hope of ever seeing them again.

But after a tip-off from the public, a joint operation between South Kolan, Gin Gin and Bargara police found the two dogs at separate properties, one on Tuesday and the second on Thursday.

A 20-year-old Sharon man has been charged with stealing. Not sure what had happened and fearing they could have been killed by wild dogs, it was an emotional and extremely happy Mr Svensson who was reunited with Lady and Girly.

There were also two new additions, with Girly giving birth to two pups - now named Cash and Timber - just weeks before they were found.

Mr Svensson said the dogs had gone missing from the cattle farm overnight on December 2, 2014.

"We went to the council, went on Facebook, asked people around the area and had no luck," he said.

"As a cattle farmer I rely on them a lot. I'm happy to have the back."

"The kids just love them."

Mr Svensson said the two breeding bitches had produced a number of purebred litters before they disappeared, puppies which had been sold as far away as New South Wales, Victoria and even New Zealand.

Mr Svensson's partner Kris Donohue said the dogs were extremely happy to be home.

"As we were going out to the paddock - I had Girly and the pups first - she was really nervous, you could see she was really tense. But as we got around the corner there's what we call a gravel pit out there and she looked up in the car and you could see she went, 'I know this place'. She was happy, she knew she was home," she said.

"And I feel like I've got Jim back because he wasn't the same without them."

Ms Donohue also thanked the police, especially South Kolan Senior Constable Dan Lukan.

"Dan Lukan has been brilliant; he's had the dogs in the back of his car," she said.

"We just want to thank everyone. It's restored our faith in humanity a little bit."

Snr Const Dan Lukan said he received information from Gin Gin Police which resulted in the first dog being found on Tuesday and then late Thursday they found the second dog at an another address.

"The offender was charged with stealing both dogs and we made a number of enquires which lead us to addresses in the Bundaberg area, which resulted in us locating the second dog," he said.

"Both dogs have been reunited with the owners who were overjoyed.

"They were very emotional seeing their dogs again...it was a very good outcome."

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