Stolen staffy returned to Melbourne owners after CCTV of theft goes viral

staffy stolen from a Port Melbourne front yard has been returned to her owners, but police are still searching for the dognapper.

Ava was reunited with her owners on Monday night after being found by a member of the public, one day after she was taken.

The pooch’s owner Steve Booth took to Facebook to thank people for sharing his story.

Ava, the staffy, is held by her owner Steve Booth. The dog was returned to her owner after being stolen from a front yard in Port Melbourne on Sunday. Source: Facebook/ Steve Booth

“The last 18 hours have been very traumatic for me, my family, and Ava. Your messages and support drew the thieves to set her loose and be found,” Mr Booth wrote.

“People are inherently good. There’s a few bad eggs who steal and do bad things, but most people are good and will help when help is needed.”

He added Ava is currently sleeping but she will be taken to the vet for a check up.

Police wish to speak with this man after Ava was stolen from a Port Melbourne front yard on Sunday. Source: Victoria Police

Despite the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s return, police still want to find the person responsible for taking her.

The thief scaled a fence between 12.30pm and 1.15pm on Sunday, before taking Ava on the 109 tram at Port Melbourne towards the city.

Police are still looking for a man with dark hair and a short beard, who was last seen wearing a black jacket and grey tracksuit pants and black sneakers.

With AAP

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