Ashleigh reunited with pet Dot
By EVAN SCHWARTEN ? IT MAY have taken six weeks but six-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier Dot was finally reunited with her relieved owner, Ashleigh Sainsbury, on Saturday.
Mr Sainsbury said he received an anonymous tip-off on Saturday morning following his desperate plea on the front page of The Morning Bulletin.
In exchange for a $1000 reward, the caller gave him the name of a Woorabinda man whom he said was in possession of Dot.
"I had to pay to get the tip-off but it was definitely worth it,'' he said.
Mr Sainsbury quickly contacted police and within a few hours he received a phone call to say the dog had been located at a Woorabinda residence.
He jumped into his car and made the three-hour journey to the Aboriginal community to pick Dot up.
"It was great, she knew me straight away,'' he said.
Mr Sainsbury said he had missed Dot terribly.
"It has been pretty lonely.
"I had given up all hope of seeing her again.''
He said he had not decided whether to press charges against the Woorabinda man who denied stealing Dot.
"I just want them to pay for all the money I've spent on advertisements.''
Mr Sainsbury thanked Woorabinba police for their quick response.
"It was unreal, I couldn't believe the scenario.''
He said he'd made the most of his companion's return, feeding her two steaks and six fish fingers in the first 24 hours.
While he hoped life could get back to normal now, he admitted he would be keeping an eye on Dot.
"I won't be letting her out of my sight from now on.