CHENNAI: When Ramesh and Lakshmi* realised to their shock that their expensive pet dog, a pug, was stolen, their son-in-law spotted her on a free classifieds site.
There was not one but two ads, both promising to sell her for less than half the market value.
Now, after an ordeal that lasted for three days, Maya, the four-month-old puppy is back at home.
According to the family, residing in Ambattur, the dog usually stays indoors, but was kept outside for the past one week as the couple’s daughter had come home with her newborn child.
On Sunday night, the puppy was stolen along with the expensive carrier box in which they had kept her.
It was their neighbour who first suggested that they check his Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera footage.
As suspected, the visuals revealed that it was the handiwork of two youths who scaled their compound wall and escaped with their dog that is worth several thousand rupees. The couple lodged a complaint with the Ambattur police.
“We never thought we will get her back when we filed the complaint,” Ramesh said. It was then that their son-in-law checked Olx website, where he found two advertisements with descriptions matching that of the missing dog. One youth had sought `9,000 while the other quoted `500 less. Posing as customers, the family approached the sellers and a meeting was arranged at Kallikuppam near Ambattur on Wednesday.
“When our son-in-law called them up, they were telling it is well trained and vaccinated,” Lakshmi told Express. The thieves — two college students — did not even change the dog collar which helped the family in identifying the pug.
“After we grilled them about the dog, they admitted to have stolen it from our house,” Lakshmi added.
The boys were then handed over to the Ambattur police and police sources said the duo broke down in front of the family members and the investigators.
“The family withdrew the complaint against the boys, considering their future,” a police officer said adding, “Even the boys’ families are not aware of the incident.”
According to the couple they were happy to have their pet back and did not want the boys to be punished.
“We only wish there is more police patrolling in our area as thefts seem to be on the rise. Even two weeks ago, there was an attempted chain-snatching two streets away,” Lakshmi said.
(*Names changed on request)