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Stolen Cockerham Dogs Back Home After Farm Rescue

A pair of dogs - stolen from their owners in Cockerham - are back home.

Tens of thousands of people shared the social media appeal to find mastiff Walter and blind St. Bernard Betty.

A couple spotted them on a derelict farm in Wigan.

Owner Deniqua Westwood picks up the story in her own words: "I had a phone call this morning [Thursday] to say two dogs - a St. and a mastiff - were on a farm in Wigan and wondered if just on a long shot they may be mine.

"I drove down there with [my son] Jack in the car and found myself going down a long deserted track into a forest type area. At the bottom was a dead end with a big derelict farm all boarded up. I jumped out the car and whistled, nothing. I thought I'd been set up. I shouted Walter and heard a bark. It was Walter's bark. I jumped the locked up gates and Walter comes flying out of the back of the building with blind Betty following behind. 

"I cannot begin to describe what I was feeling. I tried to pick Walter up to get him over the gate and couldn't lift him. With that both dogs winched themselves under the gate and straight into the back of my car. I had to reverse all the way up the tiny lane all the way thinking someone was going to come in a minute and take them from me with Jack still in the car. As soon as I got onto the road I was crying tears of unimaginable happiness."

"My dogs had been kept in a tiny box room full of excrement with just a bucket of water. You could see where Walter must have bust the bottom door off to get out. Whoever stole my dogs wanted to keep them alive and well hidden. It was a total hell hole in there."

"The couple who notified me of the sighting of my dogs will forever be in my heart and I owe them a lifetime of gratitude. I cannot begin to explain what I'm feeling right now just totally blown away. The last few days have been a total nightmare."

"I would like to thank all of you for making today possible. With over 15,000 shares my dogs are now home where they belong."

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