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(UPDATE: Feb. 1 @ 9:20 am) - Whisper is back with her family after 20 days away from home.
The rare chocolate and tan, long-haired French bulldog, who recently birthed a litter of pups, was stolen from a rural Kamloops property sometime overnight between Jan. 11 and Jan. 12.
A $5,000 reward was immediately offered for information leading to Whisper's safe return, which was recently doubled to $10,000.
Owner Jennifer De Lisi took to Facebook late Tuesday night to say that a good Samaritan dropped Whisper off at a vet on Tuesday and the family was notified.
"There are no words for the gratitude we feel for every single person who messaged and shared and prayed for Whisper's safe return," wrote De Lisi. "We are forever grateful to have her back in our loving arms tonight!"
De Lisi didn't provide any other details about who dropped Whisper off at the vet or how the dog has spent its last 20 days.
Cpl. Crystal Evelyn confirmed that the Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP detachment was contacted by someone on Tuesday who said they found a dog they believed to be Whisper.
“Police made arrangements with the person to take the dog to a veterinarian clinic and confirm it was Whisper by checking her microchip," Evelyn explained.
She said the police investigation into the dog's disappearance is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.
Evelyn added: "“We are happy to confirm Whisper’s safe return to her family and we continue to encourage the public to contact us with any information that could help further this ongoing investigation."
(Original story: Jan. 12 @ 2:30 pm) - Police in rural Kamloops are asking the public to keep an eye out for Whisper, a French bulldog that was stolen overnight.
The rare chocolate and tan, long-haired French bulldog, who recently birthed a litter of pups, was discovered missing around 7 am.
“She holds significant value to her family members, who have offered a $5,000 reward for Whisper’s safe return,” said Cpl. Crystal Evelyn.
“Please take a minute to look at Whisper’s picture. If you hear a dog barking from a vehicle, or notice a new dog in your neighbourhood and think it may be her, please contact police as soon as possible.”
The Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP said that no further information will be provided about where Whisper was stolen from in an effort to protect the family’s privacy.
Anyone with information on Whisper’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP at 250-314-1800 or the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.