Two brothers have been reunited with their stolen Staffie pup.

A thief dog-napped Snoopy, an 11-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier-American bulldog cross, snatching the pup from the family’s garden and jumping over a fence to escape.

Mum Jane Green, 35, told how sons Nathan, nine, and Brandon, seven, had been left devastated.

Jane put up posters around their Sheepridge home and she received a call from someone saying they knew where the dog was.

Snoopy was apparently with a family in nearby Brackenhall – just 10 minutes away – and Jane had a mutual friend who confirmed that the dog was theirs.

The family, who had bought the pup in good faith, returned Snoopy just 24 hours after he had gone missing and Jane said: “It’s great to have him home and the boys are over the moon.”

The brothers both have learning difficulties and the loss of his best pal hit Brandon the hardest.

Brandon Rowlands, 7, and Nathan Hellawell, 9, reunited with their Staffordshire bull terrier-American bulldog cross puppy Snoopy
Brandon Rowlands, 7, and Nathan Hellawell, 9, reunited with their Staffordshire bull terrier-American bulldog cross puppy Snoopy
 

“Brandon wouldn’t leave Snoopy alone and wanted to sleep downstairs with him,” said Jane. “We had to assure him that Snoopy would be okay and still be there in the morning.”

The family reported the theft to police and officers have a lead. It is understood police have been given the name of a suspect.

Jane said the other family had paid a “measly £5” for Snoopy and the children were upset at the loss of the dog.

She added: “Hopefully the culprit will be caught and justice will be done.”