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 was a very good outcome."

Topics:  dogs editors picks farmer

$15m in funding for water infrastructure

Queensland Water Supply minister Mark Bailey will on Tuesday announce $15m in funding for water infrastructure projects.

$15m to fund Qld water projects

Why I told my doctors to cut off my legs

CUT OFF: Mark Urquhart made the decision to cut off both his legs after he was paralysed from the hips down. Photo Contributed

Mark taking on the world one step at a time

Workers of all ages getting a better chance

JOBS BOOST: Employment Minister Grace Grace with BMG staff Robbie Bartholdt and Rob Ellis.

More than 80 jobseekers get work under program

Local Partners

Unique approach sets our SES apart as state's best

THE region's nine SES groups and its volunteers have been recognised as the state's best at an awards ceremony in Brisbane.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

How Government will fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fonzie flats and smaller block sizes part of long-term plan.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.