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The heartbroken family who had two Labradors stolen have finally been reunited with them after footage circulated on social media showing people making off with the dogs in broad daylight.
Sharing the incredible news on Instagram, owner Charlotte Robson wrote: "We are absolutely lost for words at the power of social media and the incredible work of @cheshirepolice .... our boys are home!!!!
"This feeling is like no other and we will be doing everything in our power to make sure dogs are safe going forward. Thank you to each and every one of you who has shared, messaged, been out there, offered help and anything and everything inbetween!!!
"We are driving our boys home as I type this and oh how we can't wait to see our girls' faces."
Nantwich Police also posted an update which explained a man, a woman and a 14-year-old boy have all been arrested on suspicion of theft in relation to the incident.
They wrote: "We are delighted to say that we have recovered the two dogs that were stolen from outside a Marks & Spencer store in Nantwich on Saturday.
"The Labradors were found at an address in Stoke-on-Trent this morning.
"As you can see from the photograph, they have been returned to their hugely relieved owners.
"Three people who were at the address in Stoke - a man, a woman and a 14-year-old boy - have all been arrested on suspicion of theft in relation to the incident.
"They are currently on their way to custody to be questioned as part of our ongoing investigation into the dog thefts."
Black Labs Denzel and Welly were stolen on Saturday 27 March from outside Marks and Spencer on Market Street in Nantwich, Cheshire.
Posting the video on social media initially, Charlotte said: "We are heartbroken and we don't even know how we are going to explain them not being here in the morning to the girls.
"Please share this, please keep your eyes open and please keep your beautiful pets close to you tonight and give them a kiss from us.
"I always like to see the good in this world and the sense of community we have felt this evening has kept us going beyond belief. Men like this don't deserve the good and I hope there is at least one teeny part of them that is full of regret for tearing a family apart this evening."
After discovering that the pooches have been returned to their owners, one person wrote: "YAAAAAASSSSS! The best news I've heard in a long time. So so so happy for you."
Another added: "So glad for you, thousands of us haven't slept all weekend!"
A third added: "Absolutely brilliant news. It's so lovely to hear of a nice outcome. The people who did this need a good spell in prison which then hopefully might be a deterrent to other dog nappers."
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