THE puppy stolen in a multi-species heist from Echuca Pet Shop in January has been found alive and well.
As luck would have it, the dog was handed into the Campaspe Animal Shelter late last month by a passerby who found him wandering along Ogilvie Ave near KFC.
The six-month-old Catahoula-Kelpie cross was only nine weeks old when he was nabbed along with more than $3000 of snakes and reptiles in a smash and grab at the pet shop about midnight on January 24.
Pet shop owner Carolyn Wilson said she was so relieved the puppy had been found.
‘‘Thank goodness he is safe and sound,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s great. This is why you should get dogs’ microchipped.
‘‘I hope he goes to a loving home that he deserves.’’
Originally named Titan, and actually sold to a young girl the day he was stolen, he has been renamed Lucky.
His original would-be owner was given a replacement puppy by the Mathoura breeder after the robbery.
The puppy has since been vet checked, microchipped and desexed.
Campaspe Animal Shelter operations manager Kate Kemp said that now Lucky was checked and in tip-top shape he would be available for adoption from Friday.
‘‘We’ve had no problems with him since he’s been here,’’ she said.
‘‘He seems to have been well looked after. He’s a bright, happy young dog. He just needs training.’’
Ms Kemp said because Lucky is from a working dog breed, he would best suit an owner with an active lifestyle.
‘‘He will thrive as a companion but will need plenty of training and mental stimulation,’’ she said.
Lucky costs $350 plus council registration.
■A Long Gully man has been charged with the alleged theft of the animals.
Jaawaa Morgan, 19, is facing multiple counts of burglary and theft and has been remanded in custody to next appear in Bendigo Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Morgan was arrested after a police raid on his Energetic St home last month.
Police allege Morgan’s blood was found at the scene, injured while smashing glass.