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French bulldog stolen from Long Island home found 80 km away

Oh, lucky dog!

A French Bulldog that was stolen from a Long Island home on Thanksgiving has new life after being found approximately 80 miles away.

Matthew Hauck, 34, thanked The Post for the coverage that led to his happy reunion with Stella on Saturday afternoon at the Moriches Center, an hour from his Huntington home where the 4-year-old puppy was snatched.

“I believe this result would have been much more devastating if the New York Post hadn’t been so kind and at least helped us get the word out, because I think the word got around so quickly that people decided they were just going to release Stella, ”Hauck said.

Hauck said he and his wife, Jennifer, 35, realized Stella had suffered a nap when they returned from Thanksgiving dinner around 11 p.m. A Sony PlayStation 5 was also stolen from their home, Hauck and police said.

The couple began to frantically search for Stella and quickly spread the word to the police and the press. A possible sighting that evening at a 7-Eleven in Brentwood came to nothing, but when two separate informants from the Moriches Center said they spotted a French Bulldog running in their town, Hauck regained hope.

Matthew and Jennifer Hauck’s happy reunion with Stella.
Family document
Stella took a nap on Thanksgiving.
Suffolk County Police Department

Stella was not wearing her ID harness because she was sleeping at home, but after FaceTiming with Stella and her rescuer, Hauck and his wife drove east for a tearful reunion which was filmed.

“When we got out it became obvious very quickly that this was our dog and it was just such a happy reunion to meet such great people. Even the police who worked with us, everyone hugged, ”he said.

Hauck was also grateful to members of the community who offered thousands of dollars in reward and emotional support.

“I hear these stories from these people who were so nice and in such a devastating time, it’s so upsetting to think so many people care and it was kinda refreshing to see,” he said.

A Queens family even spent the day driving around looking for the dog after seeing media coverage of the canine caper.

“I consider you superheroes because a dog story isn’t always in the news and you were able to get it out so quickly and so far,” the proud puppy owner told The Post over the phone.

Hauck said he believed the theft and burglary was an opportunistic crime committed by thieves looking for empty homes to target while on vacation.

No arrests had been made.