Stolen puppy Chipper has been returned safely to his Texas home.
Chipper’s owner, Matt Ivy, made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday evening.
‘On my way to hopefully pick up Chipper!!!! Standby for confirmation,’ Ivy said in his first update.
Around 10pm, Ivy confirmed that Chipper was at home and safe.
‘CHIPPER IS BACK HOME!!!!!! (gotta go back to firehouse and finish my shift, will give details of what happened when I can, probably tomorrow),’ Ivy, who is a Dallas firefighter wrote.
‘AGAIN I CAN NOT THANK EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR COMPASSION, PRAYERS, SUPPORT, SHARES, AND HAVING MY BACK WITH THE SILLY TROLLS AND HATERS!!!’ he added.
It’s unclear who returned Chipper home, but Ivy promised to share details on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, a video of two men who were caught stealing Chipper from Ivy’s yard over the weekend, made headlines.
Ivy, who is also a French mastiff breeder, shared the video online and amassed hundreds of thousands of views.
The video shows a black Cadillac SUV pulling over in the 5100 block of Milam Road at 2.20pm on Saturday.
Two men get out of the vehicle and one of them walks up to a wire fence enclosing the property where two adult French mastiffs and a puppy are milling about.
The suspect in a blue baseball cap, low-riding shorts and white sneakers climbs the waist-high fence, reaches down and roughly grabs the puppy by the scruff, causing him to yelp in pain.
With the puppy tucked under his arm and a cigarette dangling from his mouth, the man briskly walks back to the SUV, jumps in along with his accomplice and the vehicle speeds off.
Ivy said Chipper is 10 weeks old and has an implanted microchip.
Since posting the surveillance video of depicting the dognapping on his Facebook page, it has been viewed more than 7.4million times and shared more than 218,000 times.
Ivy told DallasNews.com he first learned of the French mastiff breed, also known as Dogue de Bordeaux, from the 1989 film Turner and Hooch starring Tom Hanks.
He has been raising the animals for sale at his Mesquite home for the past 15 years.
The thieves seen in the CCTV footage might have ties to Lubbok or Amarillo, Texas, according to the owner.
The pup’s owner was offering a $500 reward for information leading to Chipper’s safe return, but it’s unclear who returned him.
A French mastiff can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000, depending on the specific dog and the breeder.
A fully grown dog of that breed weighs more than 100lbs and has a life expectancy of five-eight years.
No arrests have been made in the dognapping.
SOURCE: DailyMail, by VALERIE EDWARDS and SNEJANA FARBEROV