Thursday 23 November 2017

'We are blessed' - Irish rugby legend's dog found in Wicklow Mountains nine months after it was stolen

The dog was returned to its owner Peter Clohessy on Saturday night

Peter Clohessy and inset his dog Robin
Peter Clohessy and inset his dog Robin
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A dog stolen from its famous owner nine months ago has been returned safe and well after it was found wandering around mountains 130 miles away.

Irish and Munster rugby legend Peter Clohessy and his wife Anna Gibson Steel launched an appeal last April after two rottweilers were stolen from their Limerick home.

The couple have now been reunited with one of the dogs after a man found the canine while he was driving through the Wicklow Mountains.

Frank McHugh was on his way home when he spotted the dog, named Robin, and noticed she was in a fragile state.

Robin back home safe and sound
Source: Facebook
Robin back home safe and sound Source: Facebook
Robin and Jessie, who is still missing

His daughter put a photo of the dog on Facebook and was contacted by someone who recognised Robin after seeing pictures shared on social media last year.

"She was so weak that she couldn’t stand. They lifted her into the car, brought her to the vet the next day and he said there was 24 hours max left in her," Anna told the Limerick Leader.

"She is quite shook but a lot of tender loving care and she'll be back to her bouncy self soon. It was a miracle that the dog had the fight to keep going against all odds."

She added that Robin's return is "bittersweet" as Jessie is still missing.

"We are very blessed to welcome home Robin after nine months.

"When you see the state of this lady your heart gets a bit sad thinking of her but hopefully… until someone proved to me they were dead they were alive so hopefully this might raise awareness about Jessie."

The dogs were stolen on April 19 2015
The dogs were stolen on April 19 2015

Jessie has been missing since April 19 and is microchipped and name tagged.

Anyone with information can get in touch at contact@independent.ie.

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