On Monday morning, someone broke into Ryan Hood’s home in Melbourne and stole his four-year-old daughter’s Labrador puppy, Sasha. According to Victoria Police, a number of other items had also been stolen during the break-in, including a laptop, an iPad, and some jewelry.
Though the family of three only had the puppy for a week, they were “devastated” when they realized Maia’s “best friend” had been taken. But shortly after the incident, the family was surprised to find that the puppy was returned in the middle of the night on Thursday.
“We didn't want to get our hopes up. And then this morning, my wife got up to make herself a coffee, walked past the sliding door, and noticed that there was a figure moving by the kennel,” Hood told Australia’s Today show.
"We think that whoever took her either has a conscience or got scared and just dropped her over the fence ... we don't care, to be honest; we're just glad to have her back."
Even though the puppy was returned, Victoria Police said they’re still investigating the burglary.
"It's a bit of a strange one. It's difficult to understand what they were thinking," Senior Constable Adam Leggo told ABC News. "I guess it's probably … an isolated incident, where they've just committed a burglary and they've seen the dog and they've taken the dog." See Maia reunite with her puppy in the video below.
Whether it was a guilty conscience or a genuine change of heart, we're just glad this adorable duo is back together.