One of eight stolen sausage dogs found 133 miles away, flea-ridden and burned

A beloved sausage dog's owners have told of their joy after finding him 133 miles away from home riddled with fleas and burns.

Dachshund Rikki's owners were relieved to bring their pooch back home safe, if a little worse for wear.

Rikki, whose owners live near Swadlincote, Derbyshire was found 133 miles away in a field near Basingstoke, in Hampshire, StaffordshireLive reports.

He was one of eight dachshunds that were taken from their home in Acresford at 11.30pm on Wednesday, February 10.

Dogs Percy and Muffin had previously been found and returned home and now Rikki is the third to be recovered.

The five other miniature wire-haired sausage dogs are still missing but their owners says they will not give up hope of finding them.

The family took to Facebook to share the latest good news, although adding the Rikki will need a lot of love and attention as he recovers from his ordeal.

He was filthy when found and has lost weight, has sore eyes, awful rub burns to his nose, is covered in fleas and frostbitten ears.

The family said: "Rikki is home. He was found by a member of the public in a field near Basingstoke, Hampshire.

"The Basingstoke dog warden, Laura, has been amazing behind the scenes and kept him safe for us until Shelley could get down there.

"Rikki is barely recognisable as 'Dog 5', he has gone grey and lost most of his beautiful ginger.

"He has lost weight, has sore sticky eyes, awful rub burns to his nose, is filthy and covered in fleas, has overgrown claws, and very very sore frostbitten ears.

"He is utterly exhausted. Welcome home little man, you're safe now.

"No further information will be given at this time as police enquiries are ongoing.

"Please give Shelley some time to tend to her poorly little man. Massive thank you to everyone for everything.

"Don't forget we have five more to find. Let's do this."

The beloved pets were all stolen from Cath and Chris Lee, who run the Seale Pastures kennels and cattery, with four of the precious stolen dogs belonging to a family friend.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the remaining dogs is asked to contact Derbyshire police by calling 101, quoting reference number 20*084142 in any correspondence.

They can also contact the police via their social media channels or by calling Crimestoppers, which is an anonymous service, on 0800 555111.

All the dogs are microchipped and aged between one and six years old.

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