DOG owner Gerard McMahon has been reunited with his dog a month after it was stolen from his home in Carrignavar.
The farmer was delighted when his dog was traced to Limerick after he was discovered by gardaí.
Jake is a springer spaniel who disappeared on June 24. He failed to respond when Gerard tried to find him to put him in his kennel that evening.
Since his disappearance, Gerard put notices up locally, as well as on social media and on Done Deal.
He said he had not expected to get him back and was confident the dog had been stolen as he had never strayed.
He was delighted when a friend spotted a springer spaniel like Jake on the internet with an appeal to trace the owner.
He said: "I got him back on Tuesday evening."
He said Jake immediately recognised him and his own kennel and was happy to be back home.
Gerard added: "He is a very nice friendly dog."
Jake was found in the possession of two men along with another springer spaniel, in Limerick on July 13. Both dogs appeared nervous and cowered in their cage. When gardaí asked the men about the ownership of the animals, a spokesman said they were unable to provide information that gardaí were happy with and they seized the frightened animals. Although the men said both were microchipped, a check of the two dogs found that neither of them were chipped.
Jake was reunited with his owner on Tuesday while gardaí are still trying to trace the owner of the second dog. He is believed to be around 18 months and is currently being looked after in an animal welfare home in Limerick.
* Gardai in Henry Street garda station can be contacted on 061 212400, with proof of ownership.